Chechen leader says his time ‘has come’ — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled the Chechen Republic for 15 years, has revealed that he deserves “an indefinite and long vacation” because he has been in his position for too long.

Kadyrov shared a video address on his Telegram channel on Saturday in which he shared his thoughts on becoming the main “long liver” among the heads of Russian regions. He joked that probably the “the time has come” that he plans to resign, before he is “forced out”. The Chechen leader said his youth was over and “we will try to leave in time.”

“I myself noticed that I held on too long. I think I fully deserved an indefinite and long vacation,” he commented on his video.

Kadyrov cited a Chechen proverb as an example. “We have a saying in the Caucasus, no matter how long-awaited a guest is, it’s good when they leave on time.” he said, hinting at an early resignation.

Kadyrov made similar statements in November 2017 and February 2016. Then he said it was time for him to leave the post of head of the republic.

Kadyrov took charge of Chechnya in 2007. Since then, he has been the invariable head of the republic. Currently in Russia, there are no restrictions on the terms of office of regional leaders.

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