Vladimir Radyuhin

MOSCOW: Chechen Parliament on Friday unanimously elected strongman Ramzan Kadyrov President of the embattled region. The vote came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated him for the post, expressing the hope that he would push ahead with peaceful rehabilitation of Chechnya, rebuild its war-shattered economy and raise living standards. Moscow has been grooming him for presidency ever since his father, former rebel mufti Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bomb attack in 2004. Mr. Kodyrov Jr. was 27 at the time, three years younger than the minimum age to qualify for President. He has since served as Deputy Prime Minister and later as Prime Minister.