By empty (2/18/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)Speaking on Radio Rossii on 18 February, Russian presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembskii said Russia would welcome monitoring by international observers of the 23 March referendum on a new draft Chechen constitution and election legislation. He said that only those Russian servicemen permanently stationed in Chechnya are eligible to vote in the referendum, adding that they account for less than 7 percent of the republic\'s 537,655 registered voters. Yastrzhembskii also said that elections for a new Chechen president could take place \"several months\" after the constitution is approved.
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