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Raul Khadzhimba’s special role2009-05-29 17:56
Vice President of Abkhazia has announced his official resignation. He has distanced himself from head of state Sergey Bagapsh in order to try his fortune at the presidential election for the second time. The voices of those opposed to the government will be divided at least between two oppositionists, Khadzhimba and businessman Beslan Butba.
The intrigue seemed to have faded. Vice President of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba has publicly announced his resignation. According to him, it was caused by his disagreement with the methods used by the current Abkhazian government and its attitude to the opposition. The vice president reminded of an agreement with Sergey Bagapsh stating that in case of winning the reelection, the president will delegate 40 percent of his governmental authorities to his deputy. This agreement, Khadzhimba says, "has been grossly violated immediately after President Sergey Bagapsh assumed office".
Let us remind you that in 2004, the Kremlin supported Khadzhimba, a former KGB officer, wishing him to become the successor of the first president of Abkhazia Vladislav Ardzinby. However, Raul Jumkovitch was surpassed by Bagapsh, who won the first round. The results of voting were disputed. Finally, Bagapsh agreed to a new election, where Khadzhimba ran for the vice-presidency together with Bagapsh. There was only one candidate to match the tandem, leader of the People's Party Yakub Lakoba, although there had been seven candidates nominated in the first election.
Being the country's person number two, Khadzhimba headed the oppositional Forum of the People's Unity of Abkhazia, which comprised three parties: the People's Party, the Social-Democratic Party and the Republican Apsny Party followed by 9 social movements and organizations: Aidgylara (Solidarity), Aiaaira (Victory) named after a human rights defender Tamara Shakryl, Akhyatsa Social Movement, Union of Defenders of Abkhazia, Rodina (Homeland), Apsadgil, the Abkhazian department of Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, Smena and Social-Democratic Youth of Abkhazia.
This year, Khadzhimba again got an opportunity to become the leader. As the Commersant newspaper suggests, that was the reason why he gave up his post and began "to play his own game". It is not improbable that the vice-president is backing the Abkhazian opposition's activities. A few days ago, the opponents of Sergey Bagapsh addressed a complaint to the RF President Dmitri Medvedev, saying that the president of the recently recognized republic is turning the people against Russia with his excessive flexibility. An agreement signed between Abkhazia and the Rosneft state corporation after that makes one believe that the Russian government is going to support the current president.