Appointment instead of popular vote to elect local administrator

DAGESTAN, February 21, Caucasus Times – The standoff of local people protesting an amendment to election legislation and delegates of the district assembly who proposed appointment of administrator instead of popular vote has resulted in favor of the officials.

For two days, February 17 through 18, at least a thousand locals were protesting the overhaul of election system, blocking the road to Makhachkala. However, the deputies ignored their demands approving a businessman Ruslan Aliyev for the administrator’s office. His only rival Yusup Sakhratullayev, former administrator had withdrawn before the ballot.

Rashid Kaplanov, Makhachkala, Caucasus Times

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