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Tbilisi’s discontent over election in Abkhazia up front2009-12-14 20:13
The one who was most confident of his capabilities will win the election in Abkhazia. Current president Sergey Bagapsh turned down PR-specialists and was right to do so. Nearly 60%votes were his. There will be no second round with a unique candidate of the opposition as planned. Foreign monitors acknowledge the election as democratic and legitimate. Moscow that favored all candidates is satisfied with the atmosphere of elections. Tbilisi thinks it's a farce. Abkhazia reconfirms its political maturity and the right to be independent.
No prophecy was needed to foretell Sergey Bagapsh's victory in presidential election in Abkhazia. With him the republic became independent, was recognized by Russia and some other states, obtained security guarantees and funds for restoration.
Even if Russia helps Abkhazia out of its own interests, even if the republic's budget was refilled with Moscow money all this can't change one crucial fact: people in "Apsny, the country of heart" live a better and a calmer life now. That's why Sergey Bagapsh, the current leader of the republic won the election at the first round with 59.4% votes according to preliminary information.
His main rival from the time of the last election - Raul Khajimba, ex Vice President of Abkhazia, got 15.4% votes. Ex KGB officer couldn't gain back the trust of Abkhazians that was ruined with the Kremlin's overactive support last time.
Zaur Ardzinba, CEO of the state-owned Abkhaz Sea Shipping - "the man of deeds" who managed to stay afloat even during the war of the 1990s had 10.8% votes. Beslan Butba, leader of opposition Party of Economic Development of Abkhazia who promised Moscow salaries to people of the sunny region and condemned the government's intervention in economy picked up only 7.9% votes.
Non-party Vitaly Bganba, a professor drew 1.5% votes. He has already admitted his defeat and congratulated Sergey Bagapsh on the victory. As the experts chuckle Bganga satisfied his personal ambitions.
Final result of Abkhazia's presidential election will be presented tomorrow. Inauguration is scheduled for February 12 2010 and will be a modest event without fuss, as Sergey Bagapsh stated.
This election had a very high presentation rate - 73.4%. 101,756 people came to polling stations. As monitors observe, there were queues at some stations and by the closing time - 8 pm - not all people had time to vote.
Maybe the reason for this high activity was not the public spirit of Abkhazians but the decision of authorities to stamp passports to those who already voted in order to avoid repeated voting by the same people. Maybe people were afraid of negative consequences having their passports unstamped.
Surely this novelty could look suspicious for too prejudiced guardians of democracy. But it wasn't. For instance Johan Bekman, a monitor from Finland told Kommersant correspondent that on the contrary he was delighted to have such a presentation rate stating it's a good idea to introduce this practice in his country too.
Bekman represents the Anti-fascist Committee of Finland - a non-governmental organization like most delegates from 20 countries of the world. Only Russian guests represented their country officially. Summing up the results Kurt Cooper, a US monitor of the National Guild of Lawyers announced the elections were open and legitimate.