Appeal for son of murdered leader to rule Chechnya

Last updated at 17:15 13 May 2004

Senior Chechen officials have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to over-rule the regional constitution and allow the son of murdered local leader Akhmad Kadyrov to follow his father into the top job.

Danilbek Tamkayev, deputy head of Chechnya's State Council or interim parliament, said the appeal was signed by three top institutions in the devastated region - the State Council, the government and the Security Council - and top Muslim clerics.

At 27, Ramzan Kadyrov is too young under the Chechen constitution to replace his father, killed on Sunday when a bomb ripped through a stadium in Grozny.

Akhmad Kadyrov was key to Putin's peace plan in the region and a crucial ally in the fight against armed separatists who have battled Moscow's rule for a decade.

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