Presidency Seized in Abhkazia

by Nathan Hamm on 11/12/2004

With a winner still not clear after the October 3 presidential elections in Abkhazia, supporters of Sergei Bagapsh stormed government buildings and, for all intents an purposes, have seized for their candidate the office that the electoral commission already declared was his.

Russia has warned that it will intervene if conditions deteriorate in order to protect its interests. Georgia is understandably upset at the statement, and Mr. Bagapsh, who wants Abkhazia to remain independent of both Moscow and Tbilisi, has convinced his supporters to return the seized buildings to government control. Russia demands that Bagapsh submit to a planned new election called for by the current president.

Bagapsh has announced his intent to form a coalition government with his rival, the Moscow-backed former prime minister Raul Khadzhimba.


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