In Abkhazia, on August 26 – on the third anniversary of Kremlin recognizing its independence – the presidential election will be held. Three candidates for the office are ready for a battle, however not all citizens of this region will be allowed to vote.
Three years ago, on August 26, after a short war, Moscow decided to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Since then these territories are regarded by international community as a part of Georgia under the occupation of Russian army. Before 1992, more than a half of inhabitants of this region were Georgians. After that the majority were forced to leave most of their life property behind and resettle inside the country. Those who were resettled from Abkhazia do not have right to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
The main candidates for the president of the self-proclaimed republic are: Alexander Ankvab who holds the presidential office after death of former head of state Sergei Bagapsh, pro-Russian Sergey Shamba and opposition leader Raul Khajimba. From the beginning of August, within the territory of the self-proclaimed republic we can watch a fierce electoral campaign.
On August 10, supporters of Sergey Shamba presented in Moskovskaya Pravda newspaper documents which are to be a proof of Alexander Ankvab’s alleged collaboration with Georgian intelligence. In retaliation, the acting president accused Shamba of provocation and conducting a campaign based on slanderous attacks which does not favour democratic development of the country .
Georgians announced a protest march of 3 000 temporarily displaced persons, planned for August 26, on the third anniversary of proclamation of the Republic of Abkhazia. Abkhazian media blame Georgian authorities for organizing recruitment of protesters. Whether this information is true, we will know on the coming Friday, on the day of presidential election.