- Title: RUSSIA: AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF INGUSHETIA VOTES TO ELECT ITS FIRST PRESIDENT
- Date: 28th February 1993
- Summary: NAZRAN, INGUSHETIA, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 27, 1993) 1. GVS CAPTURED RUSSIAN TANK AT SIDE OF ROAD/ MILITIA IN STREET (3 SHOTS) 0.11 2. GV, CU POLLING STATION/ELECTION POSTER (2 SHOTS) 0.18 3. GVS, CU INTERIOR POLLING STATION, BALLOT BOXES BEING READIED/ REGISTRATION FORMS (6 SHOTS) 0.38 4. SV INGUSHETIAN OFFICIAL MAGOMYED SULTYKHOV COMMENTING ON ELECTION (RUSSIAN) 0.48 4. SV EXTERIOR OF POLLING STATIONS 0.53 5. GV MILITARY IN STREETS 1.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: NAZRAN, INGUSHETIA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA3E01DG1XVWE0FZ0M192T6KG7M
- Story Text: The small autonomous republic of Ingushetia, part of the Russian federation, went to the polls on Sunday (February 28) to elect its first president.
The lone candidate for the presidency is General Ruslan Aushev, a former Supreme Soviet member who was a deputy commander in Afghanistan. He most recently served as the chairman of the state committee on Afghan veterans.
Aushev, 39, has promised the 165,000 population he will build up a stable autonomous republic within the federation. He seemed likely to get the majority 'yes' vote he needs.
The vote is being held during a military state of emergency after clashes late last year between ethnic Ingushis and their neighbours from the autonomous region of North Ossetia in which several hundred people were killed.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared the state of emergency and sent in troops to quell the violence.
Ingushetia is expected to declare its independence from Russia after parliamentary elections in April.
General Aushev was born in Kazakhstan where Ingushis and other minorities from the Caucasus region were banished by the late Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
In 1957, Ingushis and Chechens, ethnic kin, were allowed to return to the area and settled in a joint Chechen-Ingush region.
But the Chechens proclaimed independence from Russia in 1991, leaving the Ingushis to forge their own administration.
Ingushetia is located in the northern Caucus region along Russia's southern border with Georgia.
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