Putin appoints Kadyrov acting head of Chechnya republic
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed incumbent Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as the republic's acting head.
"Your term ends on April 5, as you just mentioned. Based on what you've done over the past years, first of all for the Chechen people and for those living in the republic, but for Russia as a whole as well, I signed a decree today appointing you the acting head of the Chechen Republic, hoping for your participation in the September elections," RIA Novosti cited him as saying.
"I believe that the people of Chechnya will be able to properly evaluate during the election campaign what you have done for the republic. But once again, we cannot be satisfied with what has been done, we should always look to the future," the president said.
The elections will be held on September 18 this year.
At the same time Vladimir Putin drew attention to the need for closer cooperation with the federal authorities, particularly in the security area, as well as the validity of the Russian law in all spheres of life.
Putin said that Chechnya has significantly changed in the social term. "We all remember the previous condition of the social sphere in Chechnya, how all these tragic events in the North Caucasus affected the lives of people. And the first president of the republic has always set the problem of improving living standards and safety of citizens in Chechnya as the main goal," he said.
However, according to the president, Ramzan Kadyrov as the head of the republic should pay special attention to the problem of youth unemployment.
Ramzan Kadyrov, in his turn, thanked the President for his trust and said that he would try to justify it.
"That's what Ahmad-Haji dreamed about, it's something he gave his life for," the Russian leader responded.