NEWSWATCH TASS: “Kremlin comments on Chechen leader’s plans to step down”
Russian-controlled TASS reported on Kremlin statements about Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s announced plans to step down.
The 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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