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30 Oct, 2008 16:15

Troubled Ingushetia sees president quit

Troubled Ingushetia sees president quit

The southern Russian Republic of Ingushetia has a new leader after Murat Zyazikov resigned. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, known for his anti-terrorist actions in the Caucasus, has been appointed as acting president.

Zyazikov, who was president for six years, says his resignation was voluntary as he's taking a new job in Moscow.

Located in the North Caucusus, Ingushetia has seen an increase in militant activity in the last few years.

Counter-terrorist operations continue in the republic, but the situation remains volatile.