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Abkhazia Remains in a Power Vacuum

Abkhazia’s two self-proclaimed governments took a break from both fighting and negotiations on May 30 as the embattled Black-Sea region entered into the fourth day of de-facto diarchy.

“Now, there is a bit of calm in the negotiation process . . . With this in mind, we are working on the next format of the meetings [with the opposition],” commented de-facto National Security Chief Nugzar Ashuba, the separatist administration’s point-man for talks with opposition groups which have claimed power.   

But some might well wonder if it's the calm before a storm. Alexander Ankvab, the territory's de-facto president, categorically rejected a demand by a parliamentary assembly for his resignation. Similarly, he refused to give the boot to de-facto Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaia, despite the de-facto parliament's May 28 vote of no confidence.

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Abkhazia Remains in a Power Vacuum

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