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Abkhazia interior ministry works in routine mode after coup attempt

May 28, 2014, 10:15 UTC+3 SUKHUM
On Tuesday, the opposition staged a multi-thousand rally in the centre of Abkhazia’s capital, Sukhum, demanding the dismissal of the government
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A view of central Sukhum in Abkhazia (archive)

A view of central Sukhum in Abkhazia (archive)

© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Astapkovich

SUKHUM, May 28. /ITAR-TASS/. The Abkhazian Interior Ministry works in routine mode, republican Interior Minister Otar Khetsia told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday morning.

In his words, police are fulfilling their duties to protect public order. “No incidents took place in districts and cities of the republic for the past night,” he noted.

As for the presidential administration building, oppositionists are staying at the building on first and second floors.

Khetsia takes the Sukhum events on May 27 as “an attempt at a state coup.”

On Tuesday, the opposition staged a multi-thousand rally in the centre of Abkhazia’s capital, Sukhum, demanding the dismissal of the government, general prosecutor and chief executives in eastern Abkhazian regions. After futile talks between the president and the opposition one of opposition leaders Raul Khadzhimba stated that the coordinating council of opposition parties and organizations has taken over provisional governance in the republic and would be forming all necessary structures in Abkhazia.

The conflict between incumbent authorities and opposition broke out over issue of Abkhazian passports to residents of eastern border districts in the republic. These citizens are Georgian nationals who taking Abkhazian citizenship did not abandon Georgian citizenship that contradicts Abkhazian legislation. According to opposition, 27 thousand people received Abkhazian passports illegally and further issue of passports was suspended on their demand.

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