Unrest in Abkhazia

De facto president of occupied Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab resigns

Alexander Ankvab, President of Georgia's breakaway region Abkhazia, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin Wall during his visit to Moscow Photo: Denis Sinyakov / REUTERS

The de facto president of the occupied Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab has stepped down. In his address to Abkhaz population Ankvab said that his decision was prompted by the desire to maintain stability in the country. However, he considers the decree of de facto parliament ousting him as unconstitutional. 

On 31 May, the de facto Abkhaz parliament dismissed Alexander Ankvab and appointed the de facto parliament speaker, Valeri Bganba, as acting de facto president of Georgia's breakaway region.

Ankvab left his residence on 27 May, as the supporters of the opposition stormed the administration building. Ankvab is currently at the Russian military base in Gudauta. The opposition has declared it has taken over the power in Abkhazia. Russian President's aide, Vladislav Surkov had been holding negotiations with the sides to settle the crisis.


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