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Pursuant to Article 49 of the Constitution of Apsny

2009-11-26 22:58

4693.jpegThe Abkhazian election campaign is vivified by the controversy of opposition candidates regarding the purity of technologies. Not a single democratic country does without it. The other day Raul Khadjimba decided to capitalize on the shortcomings of his old opponent Sergey Bagapsh, not directly but in a roundabout way. First he suspected the minister of friendship with Georgians, then he considered passport copying as administrative resource usage. Well, in Abkhazia the right to freedom of opinion and expression is guaranteed by the Constitution that today celebrates its 15th anniversary.


On 26 November 1994 the self-appointed Republic of Abkhazia adopted its constitution. It was written there that Abkhazia, or Apsny, is a «sovereign, democratic, legal state historically established in accordance with the people's right to free self-determination».

Having approved the constitution, the Supreme Council of the republic elected its chairman Vladislav Ardzinba as President of the country.

Then Abkhazia was going through parlous times. Towns and villages were full of wounds after the recently terminated civil war. The ring of economic warfare was shrinking round the republic. It was difficult and sometimes impossible to observe all the human rights and liberties written in the constitution.

But time went by. On the 12 December of this year the third election of the Abkhazian president will take place. Pursuant to Article 49 of the Constitution he is elected for five years by general direct secret vote. The election campaign is held in a state recognized by three countries of the world that can ensure the execution of all constitution articles.

Including the right to free elections and expression of opinions. If Abkhazia were not democratic, the opponents of Sergey Bagapsh who is standing for a second period would not be able to express their claims to the authorities in the press.

A few days ago at his press conference in the Mass Media Association the candidate Zaur Ardzinba heading the "Abkhazian Steamship Line" company told the journalists how administrative resource is used. In his words, the agitation posters of oppositionists are hidden everywhere, and meetings with electors are not held on an equal footing.

However, this could be his subjective sensation and undervaluation of street cleaners' work.

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