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Abkhazia’s PM announces his resignation

July 26, 20:44 UTC+3 SUKHUM
"All the measures the government has been taking could have been more efficient in other environment," Apsnypress news agency quoted Abkhazia’s Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya as saying
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Abkhazia’s Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya

Abkhazia’s Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya

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SUKHUM, July 26. /TASS/. Abkhazia’s Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya has tendered resignation, spokesman for the Abkhazian government Beslan Gurdzhua told TASS on Tuesday.

"On Tuesday evening, the prime minister held a meeting with members of the government where he said he had tendered his resignation. Artur Mikvaboya thanked the cabinet members for their work," the spokesman said.

"I have tendered my resignation. We have begun a great cause in unfavorable conditions stemming from disunity of society and social tensions. All the measures the government has been taking could have been more efficient in other environment," Apsnypress news agency quoted him as saying. "I don’t think any other government could cope better with the tasks we had to solve in many spheres of public life and economy. And it should be taken as a positive result."

He stressed that accusations voiced against him by lawmaker Almas Dzhapua have been refuted by the prosecutor’s office. "More detailed information will follow," Mikvabiya added.

Abkhazian president accepts PM’s resignation

Abkhazian President Raul Khadzhimba has accepted resignation of Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya, chief of the presidential press service Alkhas Gaguliya said.

"The president has accepted resignation of Prime Minister Artur Mikvabiya. A corresponding decree has already been signed," he said.

Abkhazia’s parliament planned to consider no-confidence vote to the government on July 27. The move was initiated by Almas Dzhapua over, as he put it, "failed passportization." According to Dzhapua, corruption is present in "practically all relations in economy, social sphere and state administration" and the prime minister was involved in a series of corruption scandals.

On June 16, Mikvabiya dismissed Dzhapua’s accusations as "deliberate slander."

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