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Georgia plays mean tricks on Abkhazia2011-08-29 22:32
Abkhazia is holding an extraordinary presidential election with more than half of the electorate willing to attend polling stations. Tbilisi observing the events from outside is outraged and helplessness playing mean tricks like hampering international monitors from going to Sukhum. On the other hand, anger made Georgian haters reveal absolute nonsense. Vice president of the Georgian parliament says that Sergey Bagapsh's death was organized by... the Russian mafia.
Number one "beacon of democracy" in Caucasus - Tbilisi - sadly watches Abkhazia electing a new president. It must be really painful: Abkhazia is so close, but there is no way to interfere. Only minor sabotage remains. Recently, head of the Abkhaz foreign ministry officially complained that the Georgian side is hampering international monitors from reaching Sukhum.
"Georgia's ambassadors to European countries submitted protests to ministries of foreign affairs calling them to put pressure on members of European parliaments and parties that plan to come to Abkhazia as monitors. Besides, Georgia's ambassadors remark in their notes, that all European monitors that will come to Abkhazia will be subject to sanctions in accordance with Georgian laws", - the Abkhaz foreign office remarked.
By all appearances, this is quite in line with "Georgian democracy" where people's will always coincides with the opinion of official Tbilisi. And if there is no coincidence, then it's not democracy but Russian propaganda, hostile awning etc that must be opposed in all possible ways, and in this struggle the end justifies the means.
"The Georgian embassies to a number of European countries actively hinder arrival of international monitors to Abkhazia making use of all methods, not always diplomatic, - head of Abkhazia's central election committee said. "It is our great regret for this is open contradiction to the spirit of democracy and transparency", - Batal Tabagua, a representative of Abkhazia's central election committee stated.
Nonetheless, the election in Abkhazia was not frustrated and by 5 pm on August 28 (Moscow time) the election was pronounced as accomplished with 51% of the voters expressing their will. "My colleagues are now in various districts of Abkhazia watching the progress of voting. They report the election is held in a calm atmosphere, without violations", - Vasily Volkov, chair of the Council of the Russian Federation Free Elections Foundation said adding that monitors from other countries are of the same opinion.