Repeated elections to be held in Abkhazia
The decree says that “in connection with numerous violations of the constitutional law of the Republic of Abkhazia ‘On presidential elections in Abkhazia,’ considering the fact that the Abkhazian Supreme Court did not pass the ruling on the complaints, which were forwarded to it, within the time limits set by the law, as well as for the sake of protecting the constitutional rights of people and warding off the threat to the constitutional system of the Republic of Abkhazia” the Central Electoral Commission has been assigned to hold repeated presidential elections and “to set the date for them, taking into consideration the time needed for the nomination and registration of candidates.”
At the same time, a meeting of the Abkhazian Security Council is going on in Sukhumi. It is discussing the situation in the republic. Presidential candidate Sergei Bagapsh, who attends the meeting of the Security Council, told Itar-Tass that members of the Security Council agreed that the ruling of the Supreme Court describing as invalid the October 3 elections and ordering repeated elections was illegal.
Bagapsh suggested that the heads of the army, the police and the security service, as well as Prime Minister Nodar Khashba should speak on TV. A break was announced in the work of the Security Council.
The work of the TV and radio broadcasting centre of Abkhazia
was suspended on Thursday night. It is to be resumed at 20.00 on Friday.