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Son Of Slain Chechen Leader 'Won't Take Father's Place'

13 May 2004 -- The son of slain Chechen leader Akhmed-hadji Kadyrov told a Russian television program today that he was not interested in running for president of Chechnya.

Ramzan Kadyrov said on an NTV program that the Chechen Constitution prohibits anyone younger than 30 from being president. Ramzan Kadyrov is 27 years old.

Earlier today, Chechnya's State Council, government, security council, and the Muftiat, the highest Islamic religious authority, called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to support Ramzan Kadyrov to fill his father's office.

Ramzan Kadyrov was appointed first deputy head of Chechnya's government on 10 May, one day after his father was killed in an explosion during a celebration marking the anniversary of the end of World War II.