MAKHACHKALA, Russia -- Lawmakers in the southern Russian republic of Daghestan are set to vote today on a new president.
Magomedsalam Magomedov was nominated for the post by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on February 8.
If approved, Magomedov, a university professor, would succeed Mukhu Aliyev, whose term ends on February 20.
Daghestan is located in Russia's volatile, mainly Muslim, North Caucasus, a region of frequent insurgent attacks.
Medvedev has called the violence there Russia's biggest domestic problem.