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Lawmaker says Abkhaz opposition tries to take revenge for losing 2014 election

July 06, 2016, 18:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Neither the economic nor the political situation in the country implies a change of power, an Abkhaz lawmaker stresses

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MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. The situation in Abkhazia today looks like some politicians’ attempt to take revenge for the defeat in the presidential election in 2014, vice speaker of the republic’s parliament and chairman of the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia (FNUA) Daur Arshba has told TASS.

"What is being done now is an attempt by individual politicians who used to be in power to take revenge for losing the presidential election in Abkhazia held in 2014. We said that neither the economic nor the political situation in the country implies a change of power. Yes, the country has difficulties, these are objective difficulties," Arshba said.

No complaints against president

According to Arshba, incumbent President Raul Khajimba was nominated from the party he represents, and "there are no complaints of global nature against him to raise the issue in such a way." Earlier reports said that the FNUA party announced it will not take part in the July 10 referendum on snap presidential election and urged the country’s political, non-governmental organizations and the population "to rely on common sense and not to take cue from revanchist forces."

Media reports also said that the opposition, which has initiated the July 10 referendum, links it to the "current socio-political situation in the country." Abkhazia’s president announced the decision to hold a referendum at a meeting with members of the general public in Sukhum on June 1.

Abkhazia held a referendum only once - on its independence - in 1999.

Opposition demands

On Tuesday, at its extraordinary congress the Amtsakhara opposition party adopted a resolution that demanded to postpone the referendum scheduled for July 10 until autumn 2016 due to the impossibility of expressing free will" at the referendum.

The opposition also demanded resignation of Interior Minister Leonid Dzapshba. At the end of the congress the protesters picketed the Interior Ministry for several hours. At least 17 people were injured, nine others were taken to hospitals.

President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba said on Wednesday that the opposition's actions aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country were fraught with destruction of its statehood. Previously, Khajimba told TASS that the referendum on the republic’s early presidential election scheduled for July 10 would not be postponed, in spite of the opposition demands.

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