The breakaway region of Abkhazia have announced opposition leader Raul Khadjimba as the new president of the unrecognised republic.
Khadjimba was declared as the region’s newest president after obtaining just of 50% of the vote in this weekend’s snap elections.
Losing out to Khadjimba was outgoing government-favourite Aslan Bzhania, who received just 35.9% of the vote.
Khadjimba is a former vice president and the republic’s current minister of defence. This most recent election marks his third attempt at the presidency of Abkhazia. After securing more than 50% of the vote his party, the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia, will now assume power in most of Abkhazia’s governmental roles.
Despite rising tension and concerns of violence in the run up to the last-minute elections this Sunday’s voting ran with no major incidents. Independent observers from several countries were assigned to monitor the elections and track incidents of fraud. Currently no incidents have been reported.
Abkhazia is a largely unrecognised state that declared independence from Georgia in the early 90s. Since then it has operated as an autonomous republic with its own separate government.