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    President of Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia on Sunday expressed wish to rename his title into "head" instead of "president".

    President of Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia on Sunday expressed wish to rename his title into "head" instead of "president".

    On Thursday, media reports said Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov had sent a letter to the Chechen parliament, proposing that his title be changed to another term meaning "regional head."

    Kadyrov called on presidents of Russia's North Caucasus republics to ask the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, for new titles on Friday.

    "The idea itself is very well-timed and truthful; it is related to the fact that the word "president"... has acquired some sacral sense both in Russian language and in our political system," Ebzeev said.

    Kadyrov said there should only be one president in Russia and regional heads should have different titles. The vast majority of regional leaders are known as governors, but most of Russia's 21 republics have presidents.

    "I think that "head" is an absolutely correct title," Ebzeev siad.

    The parliament of Karachayevo-Cherkessia will consider Ebzeev's initiative in September.

    A Kremlin source said that the idea to devise a common title for regional heads has been under discussion for a long time, and that the process may be launched now on a voluntary basis.

    PYATYGORSK, August 15 (RIA Novosti) 

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