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Chechnya's new leader vows to destroy rebels after contested vote

The Kremlin-anointed career police officer elected Chechnya’s new leader in a vote condemned by many observers vowed to consign separatist extremists to the “dustbin of history”. Alu Alkhanov won a crushing victory in the presidential vote last weekend, but there were questions over how election officials managed to report dizzyingly high turnout figures when polling stations had often been deserted. The election was forced by the assassination in May of the Chechen president by separatists who have been waging a brutal struggle with Moscow over the past decade. With all the votes counted, Alkhanov had reduced the other six candidates to the status of also-rans by polling 73.48 percent, according to local election officials. His nearest rival, Movsur Khamidov, polled only 8.94 percent. Full Story

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