Breakaway region votes for new president
Acting president, Alexander Ankvab, is believed to have won the presidential elections in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia in yesterdays poll. Around 62% of the 145,000 voters turned out to vote in the election called after the death of President Sergei Bagapsh.
RiaNovosti is reporting that Ankvab’s campaign team have said that he took around 41,500 or 57.6% of the vote. Opposition leader, Raul Khadjimba, is believed to have taken 16,500 votes or 23% of the vote and Prime Minister Sergei Shamba around 14,000 votes or 19.4% of the vote. These figures have not been verified and it is unclear if they are final results.
Abkhazia has been recognised by the Russian Federation and three other countries including Nauru but for the rest of the world it remains a breakaway region of Georgia.