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Opposition and Abkhazian president fail to reach an agreement

May 27, 2014, 22:48 UTC+3 SUKHUM

Protests continue in Sukhum

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SUKHUM, May 27, /ITAR-TASS/. Abkhazia’s opposition leaders and President Alexander Ankvab have failed to reach an agreement after more than an hour of talks, an opposition leader, Raul Khadzhimba, the head of the Forum of People’s Unity, said as he came out to meet his supporters.

Earlier on Tuesday, thousands of opposition representatives gathered outside the presidential administration building demanding the resignation of the Abkhazian president and government. They tried to storm the building without waiting for the end of talks with the Abkhazina president. Several protesters were injured.

“But that does not mean that we will continue seeking our requirements by force,” Khadzhimba said, demanding his supporters to be patient.

Late in April, representatives of the Coordination Council of Opposition Parties and public organizations of Abkhazia demanded that the president dismiss the Cabinet of Ministers and work out a package of amendments to the Constitution on transition of some presidential powers to the country’s parliament and government as well as to dismiss the chief prosecutor and the heads of administrations of several districts.

Alexander Ankvab considers such ultimatums to be unacceptable and unproductive.

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