Areshidze: In the elections in Abkhazia, Moscow would prefer Ankvab
According to the Georgian expert on the Caucasus Mamuka Areshidze, Russia is not fully trusted in the Prime Minister of Abkhazia Sergei Shamba.
"In the election, we can see both Shamba and Ankvab either separately or in tandem. However, while consultations are being conducted with Moscow, so on this basis the nominations was not announced" - the "GHN" quoted Areshidze's words.
In the upcoming elections in Abkhazia Khajimba, Valmar Butba, and others have also became candidates. However, according to experts, the Kremlin is most acceptable candidate Alexander Ankvab, as he is representative of the intelligence agencies.
"Khajimba was a member of the security services, and during some time - the head of the headquarters of Georgian Interior Ministry. It is believed that he was in Shevardnadze's staff" - said Areshidze.
"The Kremlin is still not fully trusted in Shamba, despite the fact that he is a very flexible politician. Shamba is loyal to Moscow, but Moscow is seen as something what leans more toward the West" - said the expert.
Recall, on 29 May, in Moscow, on the 63-year life after a surgery for lung Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh died. Under the constitution, new presidential elections of the Republic of Abkhazia shall be held within three months. It was sheduled on August 26, 2011.