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Abkhazia’s parliament to consider president’s resignation at session— opposition leader

May 29, 2014, 19:51 UTC+3 SUKHUMI

Raul Khadzhimba says he hopes all necessary decisions for the republic will be made at the parliament’s session due to start at 9.00 pm Moscow time

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SUKHUMI, May 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Abkhazia’s parliament will meet in session at 09.00 pm Moscow time on Thursday to consider the possibility of President Alexander Ankvab’s resignation, the leader of the opposition, member of Abkhazia’s People’s Assembly, Raul Khadzhimba said.

“We do hope that all necessary decisions for the republic will be made at the parliament’s session,” he said.

Originally the session was to be held earlier on Thursday, “but the legislators supporting the authorities failed to show up."

Abkhazia is tasked with preventing violence and returning the situation to the constitutional framework, Lakerbaya said. “We see the situation from the point of view of concessions,” he said. “We must do our utmost to prevent bloodshed, to banish even the slightest risk of it happening.” 

At the same time, he said, the president is an elected official and he occupies the post for the term stipulated by the law. “The most important task is to return to the constitutional framework, and that’s what we are working on,” Lakerbaya said.

Along with this, the authorities are obliged to deter those who “are dissatisfied with the state of affairs and are ready to regain control over the administrative buildings and the television center in the same way as they were seized,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, the prime minister said that the government might step down to appease opposition. “It is not a sacrifice, as Abkhazia’s welfare is the top priority,” Lakerbaya said.

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