Abkhazian president resigns amid protests

Alexander Ankvab resigned, just a day after the local parliament voted to hold early presidential elections in August

Abkhazian president resigns amid protests

World Bulletin/News Desk

Alexander Ankvab, president of the separatist Georgian region of Abkhazia, announced his resignation on Sunday in a statement published on the government's website.

Ankvab said he had met civil society representatives, citizens and supporters before deciding that his resignation would serve to end the political crisis in the region.

“The vast majority of citizens will not accept this decision, but it is the only right one,” he said.

The Parliament in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia dissolved the government led by Leonid Lakerpaya on Friday, three days after the opposition protesters stormed the Government Building, accusing Ankvab of corruption and authoritarian rule.

“The Parliament’s decision is not in line with our constitution,” said Ankvar’s statement. “However, under current circumstances the only right decision is to go to early elections.”

Ankvar encouraged everyone to take part in early elections, whose date is yet to be announced.

The opposition has formed a Provisional National Council, which, according to opposition leader Raul Khadzhimba, controls the region.

Abkhazia, a self-declared independent state, is a disputed area between Russia and Georgia. It is recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.

Moscow recognized the independence of the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, after a six-day war in 2008 with Georgia.


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