Areshidze: The results of elections in Abkhazia has no importance for Georgia
According to Georgian political analyst Mamuka Areshidze, for Georgia, it does not matter who wins the presidential elections in Abkhazia. He expressed this opinion in an interview to "Georgia-News". "If we are not going to adopt new approaches and ideas with regard to Abkhazia, do not act creatively and to lose the initiative, the issue of who becomes president is no longer relevant for Georgia" - said Areshidze.
"According to preliminary impressions, Ankvab leads with a slight advantage. Nobody, of course, knows with certainty what would happen further. We just can assume that in case of abuse or fraud there can happen excesses or one of the candidates will escalate the situation" - said political analyst.
"Since he (Shamba) has stated that he will arrange a revolution in case of unfair results, he has no real prospects unlike Ankvab: if Ankvab wins I don't think Shamba will take any leading government post - he can take the post of foreign minister, but he won't become prime minister or vice president. Accordingly, the current elections for Shamba is a serious milestone. In case of defeat Ankvab can return to his business in Moscow and Shamba has no such prospects" - said Areshidze. He also does not exclude the possibility of the second round of elections in the country.
Recall, the decision to hold early presidential elections in Abkhazia was adopted by the Parliament after death of President Sergei Bagapsh on May 31. Vice President, Acting Head of State Alexander Ankvab, Chairman of the "Forum of National Unity of Abkhazia" Khajimba and Prime Minister Sergei Shamba registered as candidates for election.