Abkhazia’s Tropical Election Monitors
Guess who’s in town to monitor the de-facto March 10 parliamentary election in breakaway Abkhazia? It is, of course, Tuvalu's Prime Minister Willy Telavi, the leader of three reef islands (Nanumanga, Niutao and Niulakita), six coral islands (Funafuti, Nanumea, Nui, Nakufetau, Nukulaelae and Vaitipu), the chief of high chiefs (ulu-alikis), sub-chiefs (alikis) and elders (te sina o fenua).
“Welcome to the country that you recognized,” de-facto President Alexander Ankvab proclaimed in greeting his South Pacific visitor, adding that distance is no obstacle for friendship. “I’ve come to express our friendship once more,” declared Prime Minister Telavi, who first made the trek to Abkhazia last September to strike up an official acquaintance.
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