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Registration Begins For Chechen Presidential Vote

15 July 2004 -- Electoral officials are set today to begin registering candidates for the 29 August special presidential election in Russia's war-torn Republic of Chechnya.

The vote was called after President Akhmed-hadji Kadyrov was assassinated in a bombing in Grozny on 9 May.

Chechen election-commission official Abdul-Kerim Arsakhanov is quoted by the ITAR TASS news agency as saying registration documents have been presented by 12 candidates seeking to run for president.

Preparations for the early presidential vote come amid a surge of violence in Chechnya.

Acting President Sergei Abramov's motorcade was hit by a roadside bomb in Grozny on 13 July, killing one person.

Abramov, who escaped injury, is not running for the presidency.


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