SUKHUM, September 5 (Itar-Tass) —— Abkhazia’s president elect will be inaugurated on September 26 in the presence of parliament members and judges of the Supreme Court of Abkhazia, spokesman for the Abkhazian government Kristian Bzhania told Itar-Tass on Monday.
According to Bzhania, unlike previous inauguration ceremonies, this one will be held in a modest manner. “Not long ago we paid last respects to President Sergei Vasilyevich Bagapsh, and in this context the newly-elected President Alexander Ankvab thinks it appropriate to hold a modest inauguration ceremony, with no festivities,” the spokesman said. “This time, no guests will be invited to attend the ceremony, like it was done previously.”
Abkhazia elected its new president in a national vote on August 26. The voting results were announced on the following day. A total of 106,845 out of 148,556 eligible voters in the republic took part in the ballot. The turnout was 72 percent.
As many as 58,657 voters (54.9 percent) cast their ballots for Alexander Ankvab, 22,456 (21.02 percent – for Sergei Shamba, and 21,177 (19.82 percent) – for Raul Khadzhimba.