Abkhazia's so-called court decides to schedule repeat elections

Abkhazia's so-called court decides to schedule repeat elections
Abkhazia's so-called court decides to schedule repeat elections

The panel of judges of the so-called Supreme Court of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia has decided to schedule the so-called repeat presidential elections.

The adherents of the so-called opposition met the decision by the de fact court with a round of applause. Per the verdict, the so-called elections must be scheduled within the time-frame determined by the constitution.

The situation aggravated in the breakaway region of Abkhazia two days ago. Tensions rose in the region after former presidential candidate Alkhas Kvitsiani deemed the presidential elections unlawful and filed a complaint with the court on September 8, 2019. The court refused to meet his demand, and he lodged a cassation appeal; following this, the de facto Supreme Court ruled that a repeat election would be held.

Protests were staged in Sokhumi on January 9, with activists storming the parliament and demanding resignation of de facto President of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, Raul Khajimba. However, Mr. Khajimba said that he was not going to step down.

The document the drafters of which called upon Raul Khajimba to resign was approved yesterday,with 19 "deputies" having voted for it and four being against. One "deputy" refrained from voting.

The situation is Sokhumi escalated a few hours ago, with the opposition forces storming the de-facto President's Administration. The puppet government defined this move as a coup.

The opposition maintains that Raul Khajimba failed to receive a majority of electoral votes at the presidential elections. However, the Central Election Committee declared him a winning candidate.

In the first round of the so-called elections, Raul Khajimba received 47.39% of electoral votes, Alkhan Kvitsinia 46.17%, while in the second round, he emerged a winner with 66.55% of votes.

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