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Abkhazia’s acting Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba steps down

September 21, 3:17 UTC+3 SUKHUM
The President’s administration has not reacted to Vyacheslav Chirikba’s statement yet
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SUKHUM, September 21. /TASS/. Acting Foreign Minister of Abkhazia Vyacheslav Chirikba has resigned, the official website of Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry reported.

Chirikba’s statement was published on the website late on Tuesday.

"I don’t find it possible for me to continue working as Foreign minister of the Abkhazia Republic. I hope that the country’s foreign policy will remain unchanged. I cordially thank the ministry’s team for its well-coordinated work on strengthening positions of the republic of Abkhazia on the international arena," Chirikba said in a statement. He has been the head of the ministry since 2011.

Earlier TASS reported that Beslan Bartsits, who was appointed as Prime Minister (on August 5 - TASS) after the resignation of Arthur Mikvabiya, formed a new government.

To date, all appointments have been made expect for Foreign Minister, Tax Minister as well as head of the state administration on energy and transport and heads of several committees.

According to the Abkhazian legislation, the line-up of the government is proposed by the republic’s Prime Ministers and approved by the president.

The President’s administration has not reacted to Vyacheslav Chirikba’s statement yet.

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