Opposition Storm Abkhazia President's Office and Demand Resignation

Opposition Storm Abkhazia President's Office and Demand Resignation

A similar situation to that in Ukraine is occurring in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. Thousands of demonstrators marched into the pro-Russian president’s building and demanded his resignation.

Reuters reported:

Several thousand opposition supporters had gathered in the capital of the Black Sea coastal region to vent anger at President Alexander Ankvab’s government and demand reforms, [Interfax] said.

Some opposition representatives later held talks with Ankvab in his office but others broke windows and doors and about 30 entered the building through a shattered window, it said. They later left the building.

One of the leaders is Raul Khadzhimba, who lost the election to Ankvab (pictured, left) in 2011. According to Khadzhimba, Ankvab said he would dissolve his cabinet, but the opposition want him to resign as well. The opponents “accuse him of corruption and authoritarian rule” and “mishandling the relationship with Russia and relying too much on Moscow.”

One just needs to replace President Alexander Ankvab with President Viktor Yanukovych, the now ousted Russia-backed president of Ukraine. In November 2013, pro-West Ukrainians descended upon Independence Square in Kiev after Yanukovych chose a bailout from Russia and closer ties with Moscow instead of a trade deal with the European Union. On Sunday, Ukraine held a presidential election, and pro-EU billionaire Petro Poroshenko won.

Abkhazia split from Georgia after a war in 1992-1993, and Russia recognized the country as independent after “Russia fought a five-day war with Georgia in 2008, and at the same time strengthened control over the region.” However, Georgia still considers the residents as citizens of Georgia. Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Transnistria all recognize Abkhazia as an independent state. It should be noted that Transnistria is a breakaway region from Moldova that is not recognized, even by Russia.


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