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Protests in unrecognized Abkhazia: Activists demand to set date for re-election  

Source : 112 Ukraine

Demonstrators covered tables with sandwiches in President administration
09:07, 12 January 2020

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In self-proclaimed Abkhazia, activists continue to control the presidential administration, they demand the resignation of acting President Raul Khajimba and insist on setting the date for re-elections. The Caucasian Knot and Sputnik Abkhazia reported this.

On Saturday, about 500 protesters controlled the presidential administration until 7 pm. They set the tables right in the offices and snacked on sandwiches. By 9:30 pm, some protesters dispersed, while others replaced them. Opposition leaders and demonstrators intend to “push the situation to the end” and insist on the immediate resignation of the president, and they see opposition leader Aslan Bzhaniya as the new head.

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One of the organizers of the rally, Ahra Avidzba, said the protesters were not going to vacate the presidential administration building until Khajimba resigned and the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Abkhazia set a date for the re-election of the president. According to Avidzba, the protesters are not satisfied with the decision of the CEC, according to which Khajimba would be acting president for several months.

"Our requirements have not changed, Raul Khadjimba must resign, then we would leave this building," he said.

He also wants the CEC to set a date for the presidential election, without waiting until Monday. Avidzba emphasized that activists would not accept other conditions under any circumstances.

"The CEC must decide on the date of the re-election today (January 12, - ed.)," he stressed.

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January 11, Abkhazian CEC stated that Khajimba would remain acting president until the new elections take place. Also, the body noted that the new elections would be held in 2-3 months, Khajimba would remain acting president until that time. The date of elections would be set on January 13.

Daur Arshba, First Deputy Prime Minister of the unrecognized republic, claims that the CEC does not have the right to call new elections, and Khajimba will sue this decision.

Abkhazia is an autonomous republic in northwestern Georgia, it formally declared independence in 1999. Only a few countries—most notably Russia, which maintains a military presence in Abkhazia—recognize its independence.

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