Georgia says Abkhazia "presidential election" illegitimate

12:54, December 13, 2009      

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The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) declared on Saturday that the "presidential election" in the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia was illegitimate.

Georgia condemned the vote as "another outrageous infringement of the sovereignty and law of Georgia", and vowed not to accept any results of the elections, which were to elect the so-called president, parliament and central election commission.

The CEC, the highest organ of state power, is in charge of managing and supervising election commissions at all levels in Georgia.

Abkhazia went to polls on Saturday to elect a "president", with Sergei Bagapsh, the incumbent leader running against four rivals. The results will be released on Sunday.

Abkhazia, an autonomous republic of Georgia that borders Russia, declared itself independent in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, it has been at war with Georgia.

Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia after a five-day war with Georgia in South Ossetia in August 2008.

Source: Xinhua
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