Abkhazia: Two Candidates Run for Abkhaz Presidency
Iakub Lakoba is the leader of the People’s Party of Abkhazia. He also ran in the initial October 3 presidential elections.
The October 3 presidential elections failed to decide the region’s new leader because of a standoff between the two main contenders – Sergey Bagapsh and Raul Khajimba.
The two month crisis in the breakaway region ended in early December, when a powersharing agreement was reached between Bagapsh and Khajimba.
As a result, Bagapsh and Khajimba are running in one team in the repeat elections – Bagapsh as the President and Khajimba as the Vice-President.