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Who, if not Bagapsh?2009-10-20 17:43
Ex Vice President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba joined the list of registered presidential candidates. Like in 2004 he tries to compete with Sergey Bagapsh again. Sergey Markov, director of the Russian Institute for Political Studies comments on the pre-election situation for GeorgiaTimes.
Recently the Central Election Committee registered a spearhead group promoting Raul Khajimba as the RA presidential candidate, Apsnypress reports.
The pre-election race started on October 13. On November 2 the registration of candidates will be over for the voting to take place on December 12.
Together with Khajimba there is Vitali Bganba, a little known doctor of Philosophy and Economics in the list of candidates. As Levan Kiknadze, president of the Club of Experts (Georgia) told in his interview with Rustavi-2 such candidates are needed to imitate the democratic background since they have no influence or any other possibilities to put impact on the electorate".
Besides last week Abkhazia's Central Election Committee registered two parties that will nominate their candidates this week - United Abkhazia and Party of Economic Development of Abkhazia (ERA). Current president Sergey Bagapsh represents the first one, and his rival from ERA will be famous businessman and opposition Abaza TV owner Beslan Butba.
As Kommersant newspaper (Russia) writes the alignment of forces in this election campaign is like in 2004.
The point is that the Abkhaz parliament adopted new amendments to the law on elections allowing only persons having Abkhaz passports to vote. And Bagapsh was greatly supported by the Georgian population of the republic - including Gali district - at the last election. Now he will lose these votes as the issuance of Abkhaz passports to Georgians is suspended.
Georgian State Minister Temur Yakobasvili told the newspaper that "the games with Gali district is the matter of personal confrontation between Bagapsh and Khajimba". "They make this political show that everyone calls elections only for those who are going to share Russian money. Gal district citizens are not among them", - Yakobashvili sniped.
Levan Kiknadze, a politologist, confirms that only Bagapsh and Khajimba will be major rivals for the presidential seat in Abkhazia.