Chechnya's Kadyrov to give up presidential title
The President of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, wants to give up the title, the Russian daily Kommersant reported Saturday, dpa reported.
In future Kadyrov wants to lead the North Caucasus country under a different label, such as governor or head of the republic, he told the paper.
"There should only be one president in a state," Kadyrov, a Kremlin supporter, reportedly said.
The presidents of other Russian republics would follow suit, he added.
But observers say the move may not be entirely voluntary.
Leaders in the unstable region were being pushed to show their loyalty to Moscow, former member of the Russian Duma, Vikto Sheynis, said.
Islamist rebels struggling to establish an independent emirate in the Caucasus have been fighting for years against Russian security forces in the region.
The region's presidents won the titles in the early 1990s when the Russian constitution was being worked out, as well as establishing wide-reaching powers.
But according to Kommersant, Russian leaders have long disliked the fact that the Caucasus leaders are also allowed the presidential title.
President Dmitry Medvedev now wanted to resolve the matter and is hoping that the presidents of the republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan will follow Kadyrov's lead.