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Gilded youth eager to rule Abkhazia2011-02-15 21:06
Municipal elections have been held in Abkhazia. They were attended by whole troops - not of voters but of candidates. 85 candidates claimed 26 seats. There has never been such a "full house": the country is small and the voting is often taken as mere formality, causing almost no interest. This time, things were different, though: only a lazy one did not nominate himself in the elections to the City Assembly.
It should be noted that the unexpected popularity of municipal elections has touched only Sukhum so far. As for the rest of the Abkhaz regions, where elections to regional deputy assemblies have also been held, there has never been such excitement or competition.
Long-standing politicians are puzzled: most names in the bulletins seem unfamiliar to them. This must be the main trait of today's municipal elections "a là Sukhum" - there are a lot of participants under 25. Local political experts have got something to ponder on: why the young are so eager to get to the city assembly?
However, the young seem to be the only ones interested in the elections, unlike electors who did not display much activity. Less than forty percent of citizens voted in the capital of Abkhazia. The voting turnout was a bit higher in the regions, though there was no full house at the voting stations either.
Nevertheless, President of the republic Sergey Bagapsh paid attention to the young candidates in the first place, having positively assessed their aspiration to take part in the electoral process. "Where else can they gain experience? The young should gain it at this primary stage", - the head of state believes.
However, his opinion is not always shared. Many members of political circles wonder why these adolescents would need elections if the victory does not at all provide an opportunity to seriously influence the life of the republic. Still, the newly elected deputies have got an opposite opinion. Official of the State Sports Committee Enver Chamagua is one of the young people who won the violent competition and got the long-desired seat in the City Assembly. According to him, municipal elections are quite a powerful instrument if correctly used as an administrative resource. "We may primarily influence the budgeting and expenditure, of course, if the deputies do not depend on political environment or some joint projects with the administration. If they are independent they are capable of many things", - Chamagua believes.