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Son of slain Chechen leader says he does not want to be new president

The son of Chechnya’s assassinated president said he had no plans to replace his father despite calls by authorities in the war-torn Russian republic for him to become its new leader. “I have no intention” of standing for president, Ramzan Kadyrov told NTV television. “The constitution does not permit it.” Earlier Thursday, Chechnya’s authorities appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to back Kadyrov to take over as president. “An appeal has been sent to President Putin asking him… to support the candidacy of Ramzan Kadyrov for the position of president of Chechnya,” state council head Taus Dzhabrailov told AFP. The appeal was unanimously backed by Chechnya’s state council, government, security council and the muftiyat, the top religious body in the overwhelmingly Muslim separatist republic, he said. Full Story

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