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Pre-election race for dear life2011-08-23 20:25
Last week turned out to be most eventful in the whole presidential pre-election campaign in Abkhazia. During this period, a scandal burst out around an interview given by Tengiz Kitovani in Sukhum where he accused candidate for presidency Alexander Ankvab of working for the Georgian special services in the Georgian-Abkhaz war. Then followed the heated "postflight debriefing" in the "not-for-the-press" mode both in Parliament and in the administration of the head of the republic. The end was dramatic: Sergey Shamba got into an accident.
got into an accident.
The road accident happened on Saturday in Gagra region of Abkhazia when the cortege of representatives of Shamba's campaign headquarters was moving toward electors in Pitsunda. Two versions of events sprang up immediately. The first one voiced by Shamba's supporter, leader of the economic development party Beslan Butba, says that the car in which the candidate was going ran into the car carrying one of representatives of the youth movement, the driver having failed to make it.
Another version of events was aired a bit later by the candidate's headquarters in their official statement addressed to the management of law-enforcement authorities. According to the information available, the emergency situation was triggered by a car moving along the oncoming lane. There was a crash and Shamba's car fell into the road ditch.
Sergey Shamba received bodily injuries; he was examined in Gagra hospital and after that, went home to Sukhum. The meeting with electors collapsed and various rumours began to ooze all over the country. The word "assassination attempt" became popular.
The details of the version voiced by Sergey Shamba's supporter go as follows: the car with the candidate was going at a speed of about 70 kilometers per hour. The accompanying car was going next to it as it is usually done at weddings. The driver noticed a Land Cruiser with no identification number moving fast along the oncoming lane towards Shamba's car. To avoid a crash, the accompanying car blocked the candidate's car, running into the jeep. Consequently, both Sergey Shamba's Mercedes and the accompanying car pulled over and the jeep went on at the full speed. The culprit of the accident was never found.