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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kadyrov Is Formally Tapped for President

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's acting president, was formally nominated for the post Thursday by President Vladimir Putin.

Kadyrov, who had been prime minister until President Alu Alkhanov stepped down Feb. 15, is widely expected to be confirmed Friday by Chechnya's regional parliament.

"I believe deeply that the appointment to such a high post -- and I hope that the Chechen parliament supports me -- will enable you to apply all your strength so that Chechnya's recovery continues at its ongoing pace," Putin told Kadyrov in a meeting at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

Kadyrov said that if he were confirmed he would focus on keeping Chechnya inside the Russian Federation, fighting terrorism and developing the local economy. "It is a great responsibility for me before the Almighty, the Chechen people and the Russian president," Kadyrov said.

Putin picked Kadyrov despite the reported objections of leaders in the military suspicious of Kadyrov, whose father was an ex-rebel leader.

Law enforcement officials loyal to Kadyrov have been accused of kidnapping and torture.

Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, the speaker of the lower chamber of the Chechen parliament, said Thursday that he had no doubts that his peers would vote for Kadyrov.

Abdurakhmanov praised Kadyrov's efforts to rebuild Chechnya and unite the Chechen people. "The main thing is that Chechen society must believe in its leader," he told Interfax.

Abdurakhmanov also noted that 38 of 58 republican lawmakers are members of the pro-Kremlin party United Russia. Kadyrov heads the party's branch in the North Caucasus republic.

Kadyrov turned 30 in early October, at which time he became eligible to be president.

His predecessor, Alkhanov, would have had to step down next year, when his term was set to expire. But Kadyrov, who commands thousands of loyal militia and law enforcement agents, had direct access to Putin and had openly challenged Alkhanov.

After being appointed prime minister last year, Kadyrov effectively took over the reconstruction of the war-ravaged republic, more or less wiping out the last remnants of the insurgency.

Still, political analysts say Kadyrov's strongman-style of rule may land him in trouble with the law.

Also, while the new Chechen president has been loyal to Putin, he does not have the same relationship with other senior officials in Moscow, said Sergei Markedonov, a Caucasus expert at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis.

"There is a risk that when Putin leaves office in 2008, Kadyrov may make new, and bigger, demands on the new Russian president as a price for Chechnya remaining a part of the Russian Federation," Markedonov said.