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Sukhum’s democracy: approved by Europe2011-08-31 12:00
The presidential election held in Abkhazia on August 26 demonstrates most evidently that despite international isolation, the small Caucasian state manages to set up valid democratic institutions. Independent monitors unanimously report on the campaign's full compliance with democratic standards. Even European mass media remark that until votes were calculated it was unclear which of the three presidential candidates - Alexander Ankvab, Raul Hajimba or Sergey Shamba would become winners in this political race. That means Abkhazia is a real independent democratic state.
political race. That means Abkhazia is a real independent democratic state.
Georgia's official propaganda tried to convince the international community that the former autonomy is a stage for a political farce directed in Kremlin. But the world learned to treat communiqués from Tbilisi with skepticism. Hysterical statements in Georgian mass media that elections in Abkhazia were controlled by Russian special services with military helicopters flying over polling stations were justly taken as complete nonsense both in Europe and America.
Though official West reiterates its intention to pursue the non-recognition policy toward Sukhum, Western media reports on voting in Abkhazia show: public opinion in Europe and America begins to favor Abkhazia.
"Current elections: Abkhazia that proclaimed independence from Georgia elects a new president on Friday. The country has a distinctive feature - so rare in Caucasus: the result of the election is unknown. Three candidates are struggling for presidency: prime minister Sergey Shamba, interim president Alexander Ankvab and Raul Hajimba from the opposition", - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) wrote in the run-up to the elections. Abkhazia did not disappoint European expectations. "As independent monitors estimate, the presidential election in Abkhazia was free and violations registered at the time of voting, were minor", - Die Tageszeitung, another German newspaper remarks today. The enclave, not recognized by the West, demonstrated impressive maturity of democratic institutions that looks even more dramatic against the background of opposition demonstrations dispersed by the Georgian president cherished in Brussels and Washington.