He is alive forever
Being elected at the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan in July 1969 as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev became the head of the republic. In December 1982, Heydar Aliyev was elected a member of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union, and appointed to the post of the First Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR, and became one of the leaders of the USSR. During twenty years, Heydar Aliyev was the Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and for five years was Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In October 1987, Heydar Aliyev, as a sign of protest against the policy pursued by Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and personally the Secretary General Michael Gorbachev, resigned from his post. In bound with the tragedy committed on 20 January 1990 in Baku by the soviet troops appearing in the next day at the Azerbaijan Representation in Moscow with a statement Heydar Aliyev demanded to punish the organizers and executors of the crime committed against the people of Azerbaijan. As a sign of protest against the hypocritical policy of leadership of the USSR, in connection with the critical conflict accrued in Daghlig Garabagh, in July 1991 he left the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. By return in July 1990 to Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev lived in Baku, then in Nakhchyvan, and in the same year was elected a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan. In 1991-1993, he held the post of Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchyvan, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1992, at the constituent congress of the New Azerbaijan Party in Nakhchyvan, Heydar Aliyev was elected Chairman of the Party. In May-June 1993, when, as a result of extreme tension of the governmental crisis, the country was at the verge of civil war and loss of independence, the people of Azerbaijan demanded to bring to power Heydar Aliyev. The then leaders of Azerbaijan were obliged to officially invite Heydar Aliyev to Baku. On 15 June 1993, Heydar Aliyev was elected Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan, and on 24 July - on resolution of the Milli Mejlis, he commenced to fulfill powers of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On October 3, 1993, as a result of nationwide voting, Heydar Aliyev was elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On October 11, 1998, having garnered at the elections, passed in high activeness of the population, 76,1 percent of the votes, he was re-elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Heydar Aliyev, giving his consent to be nominated as a candidate at the 15 October 2003 presidential elections, relinquished to run at the elections in connection with health problems.
On December 12 national leader of the Azerbaijani people, President Heydar Aliyev passed away in Cleveland Hospital in the United States of America.
More than 30 years of Azerbaijan’s recent history, revival of sociopolitical, economic and cultural life are connected to Heydar Aliyev. In fact, Azerbaijan’s road to independence began in 1969, when he came to power. Heydar Aliyev, secretly opposed ideology of the time and thus did not let national spirit of Azerbaijan to perish, but rather used all opportunities to raise it. Heydar Aliyev removed negative tendencies which leaded to economic and cultural decay. Due to his restless activities a period between 1970 and 1985 became one of the brightest pages in chronicle of Azerbaijan due to scale of changes, character of social and economic reforms, and completely new level of people’s well-being. Return of Heydar Aliyev to power after restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence resulted in a real turn in sociopolitical, social, economic, scientific, cultural aspects of life, as well as international relations. He started the process of state-building according to scientific bases, international norms and principles. Due to immediate actions taken by him, important steps were taken in order to further form National Army; at the same time, he used all available political and diplomatic means to sign armistice in May, 1994.
Heydar Aliyev used relative stability in Azerbaijan and growing interest towards our country in international arena to sign Contract of the century in September, 1994 – this is a bright manifestation of oil strategy, which forms concept of Azerbaijan’s economic development, prepared by him. Heydar Aliyev created ideological basis of independent Azerbaijan’s statehood. His activities as political and public figure left a deep impact on history of Azerbaijan and became a school in public governance.