GROZNY, Russia (Dow Jones)--The
Moscow-backed government of Chechnya decided on Wednesday to hold elections
to the breakaway republic's parliament on June 16, undermining a peace
agreement between the Kremlin and rebel militants, reports the Associated
Postponing the elections was a key separatist
demand, and at talks held earlier this week the sides issued what they
called a 'recommendation' to hold the ballot in the fall.
Monday's agreement stipulated that the
vote would be preceded by rebel disarmament and a Russian pullout, both
to be completed by Aug. 30.