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Daghestan Eliminates Direct Election Of Republic's Leader

Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan has eliminated direct elections for the republic's leader.

Daghestan's parliament has passed a law that provides for the head of the republic to be elected by lawmakers.

Earlier this month, the People's Assembly of another of Russia's North Caucasus republics -- Ingushetia -- put forward a draft law according to which the republic's top official should be elected by legislators.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing for leaders of regions and autonomous republics to be chosen by legislators rather than voters.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax