The ex-President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab, according to preliminary data, was elected to the new Parliament, reported the news Agency “Apsnypress” with reference to the CEC of the Republic.
Alexander Ankvab scored more than 52% of the voters of his district (Gudauta). Parliamentary elections in Abkhazia were held on Sunday, March 12. 35 seats were claimed by 135 people. In the first round were elected 12 deputies, in 22 districts of the second round in one — a re-election, announced the CEC of Abkhazia.
Ankvab resigned as President, who served from 2011 to June 2014 after the mass protests of the opposition. One of the organizers of the protests was the party “Forum of national unity” Raul Khajimba. Khajimba after the resignation of Ankvab was elected President. “Forum of national unity” opposed the return of Ankvab’s policy. Without denying the former President as “the Builder and peacemaker”, the representatives of the party declared that he “as the head of state took a very dangerous state for illegal actions that caused a negative reaction in the society and strengthened the protest moods in the country.” Among the “illegal actions” the representatives of the party called the issuance of Abkhaz passports to residents of Eastern regions of the country, possessing the citizenship of Georgia. After the resignation of Akvab lived in Moscow.
The return of Ankvab and the election of a Deputy is unlikely to seriously affect the stability in the Republic, says Abkhazian journalist Inal Khashig. “Because of age (he was 64 years, the Constitution limits the age of presidential candidate to 65 years ) Ankvab cannot again qualify for the post of President, the political prospects for growth had not. His election was important to supporters from an emotional point of view, but for the development of the opposition to rely on it would be a losing option. Opposition Abkhazia is now on the crossroads to rely on past leader or for the future,” said Khashig.
On the internal political stability in Abkhazia Ankvab’s election in Parliament will not change, much will depend on the representation of the opposition in General in the Parliament, who will ultimately be the most — her or the supporters of the government, says the coordinator of the working group of the Center for the study of Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of Oriental studies, Alexander Skakov. Ankvab is unlikely to become Chairman of Parliament and as an MP can put forward a legislative initiative, but there is no guarantee that they will be supported, said Skakov. A lot will depend on how Cnvab sees its role in Parliament and in the life of Abkhazia, while it is not clear, will mark Khashig.
Georgia does not recognize the independence of Abkhazia, the elections condemned: the foreign Ministry has called them illegal.