Sunday, May 29, 2011

President dies the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia

The president of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, has died in Moscow after complications arise after undergoing surgery, according to Russian television. Bagapsh, 62, had surgery a week ago one of his lungs at the clinic number 83 in the Russian capital, after what had to be connected to an artificial respirator, hospital officials reported the official news agency "Itar -Tass.

" "This is a great loss for the Abkhaz people," he told Interfax news agency Alexander Ankvab, Abkhaz vice president, who shall temporarily as chairman of the region. According to the Abkhaz constitution, he added, "the republic should hold presidential elections within three months." The separatist authorities reported that Bagapsh's body will be transferred on Monday to Sukhumi, the regional capital, for burial.

The Abkhaz separatist leader came to power in 2005 after a disputed election that nearly led to civil war and was reelected in 2009 for another four years in office. Bagapsh argued from the beginning of its mandate for independence of their republic, which was recognized by Russia in August 2008 following the Russo-Georgian war for control of breakaway South Ossetia as well.

Abkhazia, with a population of a quarter million people, has since signed several bilateral agreements with Russia, including one to assist in case of external aggression.

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