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Putin: Chechen Parliamentary Elections to be Held in November

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will set parliamentary elections in Chechnya for November 27.

Speaking on Sunday at a meeting with Chechen President Alu Alkhanov in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Mr. Putin promised to sign the order establishing the date for the elections. He said the vote will help give political stability to the region.

The Russian news agency Interfax quoted Mr. Alkhanov as saying political and economic conditions are now suitable for an election.

On Sunday, Mr. Putin also praised Chechnya's deputy prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov, the son of assassinated President Akhmad Kadyrov, saying he had made steady progress in fulfilling his father's work.

Chechnya has been the focus of a brutal conflict between separatists and Russian government forces for much of the past decade.