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The person inappropriately touching a woman in this video is not the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan

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A video accompanying a post is being widely shared on social media claiming that the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan forgot to switch the camera off, after a zoom meeting and is seen inappropriately touching a woman. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Video of Prime Minister of Azerbaijan inappropriately touching a woman.

Fact: The person in the video is an Azerbaijani ex-MP and University Professor Huseynbala Miralamov who was fired after being caught on camera inappropriately touching his woman employee. There are no recent news articles of the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan being involved in a zoom video leak controversy involving a woman. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we did reverse image search on the screenshots of the video, we found a news article titled, ‘Video sparks debate about sexual harassment in Azerbaijan’ which says that an Azerbaijani ex-MP and University Professor Huseynbala Miralamov was fired after being caught on camera inappropriately touching his woman employee. According to the article, Miralamov was also expelled from the ruling New Azerbaijan Political party where he was a member of the Veterans Council and held the position of chair of the Khatai district party branch. In an interview with Unikal.org, he denied having a relationship with the woman in the video; ‘I was blackmailed’, he said; ‘This was a university conference. The people who broadcast this video must be found’. News articles about the incident can be seen here and here.

Prime Minister of Azerbaijan is Ali Asadov, and Azerbaijan’s parliament agreed to approve him as assistant to the president for economic issues in the year 2019 according to this article. There are no recent news articles of the Prime Minister being in a zoom video leak controversy involving a woman.

To sum it up, the person in the video touching a woman is not the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.

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