Azerbaijan names new PM

Ali Asadov, previously an economic advisor to President Ilham Aliyev, has been named as the new prime minister of Azerbaijan.

Mr Asadov’s appointment – unanimously approved by Azerbaijan’s parliament – comes just hours after the previous PM, Norvuz Mamedov, tendered his resignation.

Mr Mamedov, 72, cited a wish to retire as his reason for leaving office.

He had been the country’s prime minister since April 2018.