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Sergei Bagapsh re-elected president of break-away Abkhazia

14 December 2009 [11:34] - TODAY.AZ
Sergei Bagapsh has won a second five-year term as president of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, electoral officials there have announced.
Preliminary results from the first poll since Russia recognised Abkhazia as an independent state last year showed Mr Bagapsh had taken 59% of the vote.

The runner-up, Raul Khajimba, has complained of widespread fraud.

Georgia, which disputes Abkhazia's independence, has denounced the election as "illegitimate and amoral".

"Any election in Russian-occupied Abkhazia is illegitimate due to the fact that 80% of the pre-war population of Abkhazia has been driven out by two decades of ethnic cleansing," a statement said.

Since its brief war with Georgia last year over another disputed territory, South Ossetia, Russia has provided security for Abkhazia and about 60% of its budget.


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