Abkhaz Leader Resigns, ‘Not Going To Run’ For New Term

January 13, 2020 11:49 GMT

Raul Khajimba, leader of the self-proclaimed breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia, who resigned following four days of protests in the regional capital, Sukhumi, does not plan to take part in a new election.

Separatist Vice President Aslan Bartsits told lawmakers, who accepted the resignation on January 13, that Khajimba “will continue to take part in political life” but “is not going to run in the election.”

A day earlier, former Abkhaz Prime Minister Sergei Shamba read Khajimba’s resignation statement to protesters near the presidential residence.

Parliamentary speaker Valery Kvarchia confirmed the resignation, telling Russia’s TASS news agency that “the issue of who will act [as president] has not yet been decided.”

“It may be the prime minister,” he added, referring to Prime Minister Valery Bganba.

Kvarchia added the region’s de facto legislature would take up the issue in a session later on January 13.

The announcement came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, arrived in Sukhumi, joining a Russian delegation headed by Russian Deputy Security Council Chairman Rashid Nurgaliyev.

The crisis in the breakaway Georgian region erupted on January 9 when demonstrators stormed the Sukhumi building housing Khajimba’s administration, asserting the September election that he won was fraudulent.

The legislature later called on Khajimba to step down.

The Abkhaz Supreme Court on January 10 reversed an earlier decision and declared the September results void, following a petition by opposition leader Alkhas Kvitsinia.

Khajimba and his supporters had resisted calls for his resignation and planned to launch legal appeals before his January 12 about-face.

The head of the region’s self-proclaimed Central Election Commission, Tamaz Gogia, said on January 12 that he did not agree with the Supreme Court ruling, but that he would abide by it. The commission set March 22 as the date for a new election.

The Black Sea region has had de facto independence from Georgia since a war against Tbilisi in 1992-93. After Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war in August 2008, Moscow unilaterally recognized Abkhazia and another breakaway Georgian region, South Ossetia, as independent states.

Both regions have since been largely propped up by Moscow and host Russian military forces.

Georgia and most of the international community consider both regions to be occupied territories.

© RFE/RL 2020

10 comments

  • Looks like the right hand of fascist leader Putin is pulling the strings everywhere. He is in control of the Donbas terrorists, those that illegally occupy Georgia and probably Syria too.
    Also, I can’t find any reports but Zelensky went unannounced to Oman….and met with Surkov. Surkov went to Oman on Medvedchuk’s plane and then before returning to Ukraine, Zelensky went to Moscow with Surkov on Medvedchuk’s plane.
    We need to find out what happened here….

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  • Yeah, resign, or fall off a 9th floor balcony.

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  • Abkhazia is too beautiful to be under occupation by putinazi filth.

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    • Somalia is too beautiful to be under occupation by putinazi filth too :))

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      • That reminds me of a joke that is equally applicable to putinazis:

        A Muslim immigrant in Dearborn Michigan goes to a Doctor and says, “I feel terrible.”
        The Doctor examines him and then says, “You need to take a large bucket, throw in a dead fish and a rotting cabbage, then piss and shit in it for a week. Hold your face over the bucket, put a towel over your head, and inhale the vapors for 3 days”.
        The man follows the Doctors’s orders and returns in a week, telling the Doctor, “I feel wonderful! What was wrong with me?”
        “You were homesick.”

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  • On January 12 and 13, adviser to the president of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov met with the so-called “opposition leaders of Abkhazia” in Sukhum and spoke with “president” Raul Khajimba on the phone, after which the latter resigned. This was reported on Telegram by political strategist of Surkov Alexey Chesnakov.

    “V.Surkov met with opposition leaders A. Bzhania, R. Lolua and A. Kvitsinia in Sukhum on January 12 and 13. His consultations with Prime Minister of Abkhazia V. Bganba and mayor of Sukhum K. Kvarchia are also known. He spoke with R. Khajimba on the phone on Sunday. A meeting with him was not planned, since Khajimba had completely lost his influence on the situation since he left the administration building. There was no practical sense in meeting him. Shortly after this telephone conversation, Khajimba resigned”, – the political strategist stated.

    According to him, Putin’s adviser “is satisfied with how the political crisis in the fraternal country was resolved”.

    “Surkov hopes that the practice of early ousting the presidents of Abkhazia from their posts will gradually stop as the maturity of Abkhaz democracy develops and attains”, – Alexey Chesnakov stated.

    Let us recall that after the protests, the court in unrecognized Abkhazia had canceled the results of the autumn “presidential” election.

    As previously reported, the puppet “president” of the unrecognized “republic of Abkhazia” Raul Khadjimba had resigned.

    OSTROV 2020 (C)

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