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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechens Elect Speaker

GROZNY -- Chechnya's new parliament elected a former military field commander as its speaker Monday, Itar-Tass reported.

Ruslan Alikhadzhayev, a field commander during the secessionist republic's 20-month war for independence, was elected speaker after four rounds of voting, Itar-Tass said.