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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mufti Officially Inaugurated

Mufti Akhmed Kadyrov was officially inaugurated as the head of Chechnya's Kremlin-installed administration Tuesday despite strong opposition from local bureaucrats, some of whom resigned in protest.

After days of deliberations, Kadyrov finally traveled from his home village to Gudermes for the inauguration ceremony Tuesday after the Kremlin reaffirmed its full support for his candidacy.

President Vladimir Putin appointed Kadyrov on June 12, but the Chechen mufti had been unable to move into his Gudermes office due to opposition from local leaders loyal to his predecessor, Nikolai Koshman.

Twelve of Chechnya's 18 district administration heads appealed to Putin on Monday not to install Kadyrov. The mufti accused Koshman of trying to sabotage his efforts to assume command.

The mufti urged Putin's envoy to the North Caucasus, Viktor Kazantsev, to come to Gudermes and inaugurate him Monday. The inauguration already had been pushed back from Friday.

The Kremlin's Chechnya spokesman, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, said Tuesday that Moscow would not reconsider its choice of Kadyrov. Kazantsev arrived in Gudermes on Tuesday to present the mufti as the head of Chechnya's administration.

Only two or three of the 18 district heads chose not to attend the ceremony. But some of the Chechen administration's top bureaucrats resigned over Kadyrov's installment. They included Yakub Deiniyev, who had served as acting head before Kadyrov's inauguration.