The Parliament of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya unanimously approved Ramzan Kadyrov as head of the republic for a second five-year term at an extraordinary session on Saturday.
Kadyrov's candidacy to head the republic was submitted to the parliament by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on February 28. All 41 members of the parliament attended the session on Saturday, unanimously supporting the Russian president's proposal.
"I thank the [United Russia] party and the president for the confidence vested in me and want to say that the republic of Chechnya has been and still is a part of Russia and the people of Chechnya are Russia's defenders. This is how it has been and will always be," Kadyrov said at the session.
The 34-year-old leader of Chechnya told the parliament members that his main tasks as the head of the republic are the people's wealth, strengthening of human rights and justice in society.
"We will continue along this path initiated by first [Chechen] president Akhmad Kadyrov," he added.
The previous president of Chechnya, Ramzan's father Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed by a bomb explosion at a stadium in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, during a WWII commemoration victory parade on May 9, 2004.
GROZNY, March 5 (RIA Novosti)