: AP: Kadyrov to seek new term as Chechen President

10:18 Jul. 4, 2016

AP: Kadyrov to seek new term as Chechen President

Kremlin-backed strongman leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov (AP Photo)

The Kremlin-backed strongman leader of Chechnya says he will seek another term in office

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's president since 2007, had said earlier this year that he considered his mission to be complete. His term was to expire in April, but Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed him interim leader until a September election.

Watch also: Chechnya's Kadyrov posts video of Putin critic in sniper's crosshairs

Russian news agencies cited Kadyrov as saying Saturday, July, 2 he has filed to run in the election.

Putin has relied on Kadyrov to stabilize Chechnya after two separatist wars, effectively allowing him to rule the region like a personal fiefdom. Critics allege human rights violations have been widespread under Kadyrov. Full story 

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