Chechen president Kadyrov seeks to change his title
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has sent a letter to the republic's parliament with a proposal to change his official title and called on to "end the parade of regional presidents," his press service said.
"I have sent a letter to the parliament of the Chechen Republic with a request to rename the post of the republic's top official. I'm convinced that a single state should have only one president, and top regional officials should be referred to as heads of republics, heads of [regional] administrations, governors and so on," the press service of the Chechen president quoted Kadyrov as saying, RIA Novosti reported.
The Chechen leader said he was ready to accept any new name for his post, except for "president."
Heads of 13 Russian republics currently hold the official title of president. In May 2005 the presidential title was scrapped in the North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia. In 2008 the regional parliament wanted to rename the highest executive post in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan, but the then president of Tatarstan opposed the move.