25 Jun 2019 18:14

Yevkurov denies any connection between his resignation, late-2018 protests

MAGAS. June 25 (Interfax) - Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who announced his resignation on Monday, has denied that his decision had anything to do with the protests that the region saw late last year.

"The decision to resign has nothing to do with the events that took place in the region last year [protests after an accord on borders with Chechnya was signed]. It [the decision to resign] was not the result of pressure from the opposition. If necessary, the head of state will find a place for me," Yevkurov said at the regional government meeting on Tuesday.

He recommended that the Ingushetia government pay maximum attention to the implementation of national projects in Russia's internal republic of Ingushetia.

"The idea of resigning was not born yesterday; these things are subject to agreement. All in good time. Regardless of how the things will be, the government and the administration need to work as before. Implementing national projects is on the top of the agenda," he said.

Yevkurov earlier expressed hope that his successor would be a man of the people. He also reaffirmed members of the council of taypas that he made the decision to resign "thoughtfully and independently".

Yevkurov announced his early resignation after almost 12 years in office.