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Date Set For Election Of Ingushetian Leader

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

The parliament of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has set a date for the election of the republic's leader.

The lawmakers decided that the vote will be held on September 8.

For the first time, Ingushetia's leader will be elected by parliament rather than a direct vote by citizens.

Ingushetia and another Russian republic in the region, Daghestan, eliminated direct elections for the heads of the republics earlier this year.

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that instituted the change.

Earlier this month, Putin proposed three candidates to Ingushetia’s leadership: incumbent Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, as well as Uruskhan Yevloyev, the chairman of the ruling United Russia party's regional branch, and Magomed Tatriev, the Ingush parliament's deputy speaker.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS