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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Vote Proposed

MOSCOW -- A parliamentary bill outlined Wednesday allows for the possible independence of Chechnya by the end of next year.

The proposal by the committee on regional affairs of the State Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, would acknowledge the right of the Chechen people to self-determination, Interfax reported.

The Chechens would be declared "to be in the process of self-determination until December 31, 2000," the bill proposes.

The government has insisted that Chechnya remain part of Russia and has ruled out independence.

The bill faces an uncertain future in the nationalist-dominated Duma. Even if passed, the President Boris Yeltsin could veto the measure.