Georgia – Presidential election in Abkhazia

In terms of international law, Abkhazia is part of Georgia and this is the basis on which I am posting about it. However, Abkhazia has declared independence and, with Russian backing, operates outside Georgian control.

Anyway, Abkhazia has a presidential constitution. The text is available here. On Sunday, the presidential election was held. ITAR-TASS is reporting the following result:

Alexander Ankvab, 55,657 votes
Sergei Shamba, 22,456 votes
Raul Khadzhimba, 21,177 votes

Apparently, Sergei Shamba was Moscow’s preferred candidate. So, the victor and the size of the victory was somewhat of a surprise.

The result is not recognised by most countries. There is a report on the new president here.

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