NEWSWATCH TASS: “Kremlin comments on Chechen leader’s plans to step down”

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Russian-controlled TASS reported on Kremlin statements about Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s announced plans to step down.

Dmitry Peskov file photo adapted from image at kremlin.ru/wikimedia commonsThe Kremlin will be guided by results of Ramzan Kadyrov’s work rather than his statements, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters …. ‘We should wait for the time [when Chechen leader’s term expires and the president’s decision],’ he said …. Kadyrov, 39, who has led the republic since March 2007, said in televised remarks … Saturday that his time as the head of the republic has passed. ‘With pleasure,’ Kadyrov told … NTV … answering a question if he wanted to step down. ‘… I feel that the country’s leadership should find another person so that my name cannot be used against my fellow people,’ he said. ‘My time is already up. A man has his limit and Kadyrov is at the peak, I think.’

Kadyrov’s term expires in early April. Elections of the new head of Chechnya will be held on September 18, 2016, the single voting day in Russia.

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