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Abkhazia’s parliament speaker plans to meet Abkhazia’s President Alexander Ankvab

June 01, 2014, 8:06 UTC+3 SUKHUM

Ankvab said that the parliament’s personnel decision had grossly violated the country’s Constitution

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SUKHUM, June 01 /ITAR-TASS/. Valery Bganba, the speaker of the Abkhazian People’s Assembly whom parliament appointed acting Abkhazian president, will meet Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab on Sunday. Ankvab said that the parliament’s personnel decision had grossly violated the country’s Constitution.

“I am going to see Alexander Ankvab at a Russian military base in Gudauta together with Nugzar Ashurba, the secretary of the National Security Council,” Bganba told journalists the day before.

The Abkhazian parliament has appointed parliamentary speaker Valery Bganba as Abkhazia’s acting president and decided to call early elections on August 24, 2014. Twenty-four deputies voted for the resolution with one abstention. Abkhazia’s central electoral commission was ordered to start preparing for the early elections.

The resolution was passed “in connection with the inability of Alexander Ankvab to perform his presidential functions; the resignation of vice-premier Mikhail Logua as well as in accordance with a resolution of the People’s Assembly on a no-confidence vote in the Abkhazian prime minister with an aim to preserve national peace and stability of the state.”

Meanwhile, President Ankvab said late on Saturday that parliament’s decision to appoint Bganba as acting president was grossly violating the country’s Constitution.

“The parliamentary decision to appoint an acting president adopted under the incumbent president grossly violates the Constitution of Abkhazia,” Ankvab emphasized.

“I am going to announce my decision after consultations with public representatives and those who are concerned with the current situation and the future of Abkhazia,” Ankvab went on to say.

Abkhazian Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya and Nugzar Ashurba, the secretary of Abkhazia’s Security Council, consider the parliamentary decision to be unconstitutional because the president can only be impeached if he has broken his oath or breached laws.

According to Ashuba, the Supreme Court of Abkhazia should also give its conclusions. Besides, a decision to impeach the president should be passed by open rather than secret ballot as it was the case on Saturday.

Ashuba also said that the parliamentary decision could create a bad precedent for the future.

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