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Imam Dashdemir ogly Mustafayev (February 25, 1910 – 1997) was an Azerbaijani politician and First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party of the Azerbaijan SSR. Son of a poor peasant, he was born in a village of the Qakh region in Azerbaijan.

In 1928 he graduated from the Zaqatala Agricultural Technicum and since 1932 he has conducted scientific research works. In 1932 he also graduated from the Azerbaijani Agricultural Institute. He was awarded with the Order of Labor Glory Red Banner and the Order of the Badge of Honor.

In 1940 he joined the Azerbaijan Communist Party and received many important encharges. In 1954 he was elected First Secretary of the AKP. In 1956 together with the then chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR, Mirza Ibrahimov, he was able to introduce a new paragraph to the constitution of the Azerbaijan SSR that for the first time since the Soviet invasion declared Azerbaijani language the official language of the Azerbaijan SSR.[1] As a result of this step which was not agreed upon with Moscow (out of fears of it getting refused) Azerbaijani acquired increasingly an important status in the entire country. This was the main reason behind his premature removal from power.[1] Mustafayev was implicitly accused of nationalism, and on June 12, 1959, he was fired for "not being able to cope with his work" and was expelled from membership of the bureau of the Azerbaijan Communist Party Central Committee.

References

  1. ^ Investigative article "Return...How did Azerbaijani become state language?" by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijani Serice, June 25, 2009, http://www.azadliq.org/content/article/1762314.html
Preceded by
Mir-Teymur Yagubov
First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
1954–1959
Succeeded by
Vali Akhundov
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