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Ingushetia leader sacks cabinet

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, new President of Russia's Republic of Ingushetia, 31 Oct 08
Mr Yevkurov said a new cabinet would be announced shortly

The president of Ingushetia has fired his entire government for failing to combat poverty and corruption in the southern Russian republic.

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov sacked the cabinet "for its unsatisfactory work in resolving the republic's social and economic problems", a spokesman said.

Presidential spokesman Kaloi Akhilgov said a new cabinet would be announced "in the nearest future".

Ingushetia, bordering on Chechnya, has seen violence soar recently.

Russian forces have fought two wars in Chechnya since 1994 and, while a Muslim-led insurgency has largely been suppressed there, the violence has spilled over into Ingushetia and Dagestan.

Mr Yevkurov himself was badly wounded in a suicide bomb attack in June, in the region's third attack on a senior figure in as many weeks.

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Analysts suggest the attacks may have been the work of Muslim separatists fighting against Moscow's rule in Ingushetia.

Hundreds of refugees from the wars in neighbouring Chechnya have settled in the mainly Muslim republic, which is one of Russia's poorest regions.

Mr Yevkurov, a former paratrooper general, was installed by the Kremlin last year to try to bring stability to Ingushetia.

At the time of the attempt on his life, he was praised by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for "doing much to bring order and... civil peace to the republic".



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