Abkhazia president flees, seeks refuge in Russian base

The president of the breakaway Georgia region had on May 29 sacked Prime Minister Aleksandr Ankvab and his government after mass protests mounted pressure on his administration due to unemployment and high prices.

Abkhazia president flees, seeks refuge in Russian base

World Bulletin / News Desk

Abkhazia president Leonid Lakerbaia has fled the capital Sukhumi and is seeking refuge in a Russian military base after the parliament was raided by opposition protesters on Friday.

The president of the breakaway Georgia region had on May 29 sacked Prime Minister Aleksandr Ankvab and his government after mass protests mounted pressure on his administration due to unemployment and high prices.

Ankvab however refused to resign after meeting with Russian officials on the same day.

After the opposition raided the presidential administration building on Friday, they formed a Provisional National Council.

Ankvab fled the building and has not returned. Asked who now held power, opposition leader Raul Khadzhimba told Reuters in the presidential building: "The Provisional National Council."

"We are working to create the conditions for ministries and other departments to work in peace," he said. "The president must understand that he has no choice."

Khadzhimba, who lost an election to Ankvab in 2011, said the president was on a military base under Russian jurisdiction outside Sukhumi. Ankvab has not confirmed his whereabouts.

Beslan Gurdzha, a member of the provisional council, said: "The reality is that the president and the cabinet have already been out of power for three days."

Whoever leads Abkhazia, it will continue to have close ties with Moscow, on which it depends for political and economic assistance. The opposition describes the unrest as a local issue and draws no parallels with events outside the province.

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