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Kadyrov Gets New Title

Chechnya’s parliament unanimously approved on Thursday a bill to change the title of the republic’s leader from “president” to “head,” Interfax reported.

The idea was proposed by the incumbent leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who said in August that there should only be one president in the country. He was referring to President Dmitry Medvedev.

Kadyrov said Thursday that he expects many leaders of North Caucasus republics to follow his lead. But the presidents of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan have not voiced support for the idea.

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