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Leader of Abkhazia returned the bill on citizenship to the Parliament2009-08-06 16:44
Sergey Bagapsh, the President of Abkhazia, returned the bill on amending the law on citizenship to the Parliament, stated the Speaker of Abkhazian Parliament Nugzar Ashuba at the extraordinary sitting of the legislative body - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said that the leader of Abkhazia realizes the necessity for the more specific definition of the legal status of Gali region residents, therefore agreed with the decision of the Parliament and returned the bill as requiring improvement.
Previously Georgia Times reported that today MPs of Abkhazia gathered for extraordinary sitting on demand of the opposition.
The amendments to the legislation on citizenship the Parliament endorsed on July 31st caused discord and criticism from the side of the opposition - ITAR TASS.
The amendments recognized residents of Gali region [mainly ethnic Georgians] as citizens of Abkhazia, without renunciation of their Georgian citizenship.
On August 5th a rally in the centre of Sokhumi was staged. Up to 300 protesters, including ex Vice President Raul Khajimba called the endorsement of that law a "crime against statehood".
According to tentative information, MPs are ready to recall the law on endorsement of the aforesaid amendments.
Sergey Bagapsh, the leader of Abkhazia, established a commission to solve that problem. The commission will be headed by Natella Akaba, the Secretary of the Public Chamber; she musrt present her recommendations before August 10th 2009.