Incumbent Bagapsh Wins Abkhaz Vote


The rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia re-elected President Sergei Bagapsh, preliminary election results showed, in a vote hailed by protector Russia but shunned by most of the world.

Abkhazia held its first election on December 12 since Moscow recognized the Black Sea territory as an independent state after a brief war with Georgia last year. The vote was branded a farce by Georgia.

According to preliminary results released December 13, Bagapsh secured 59.37 of the vote, almost four times that of second-placed former KGB agent Raul Khajimba on 15.44 percent, the central election commission said.

Russian election observers said voting was fair and transparent, but Khajimba complained of widespread irregularities and threatened to challenge the result.

Brief volleys of celebratory gunfire greeted the result in the sleepy seaside capital, Sukhumi.

The election was seen as a test of stability in Abkhazia, which threw off Georgian rule in a vicious 1992-93 war.

The last presidential election in late 2004 saw Khajimba challenge results that gave Bagapsh victory, and a standoff ended in unrest in the streets.

Russia did not want to be embarrassed by a repeat, having recognized Abkhazia in August last year after crushing an assault by U.S. ally Georgia on Abkhazia’s fellow breakaway territory of South Ossetia in a five-day war.

The West will not recognize Bagapsh as leader of an Abkhaz state, but the territory is watched closely for its ability to stir friction between Russia and Georgia in the volatile Caucasus, a transit route for oil and gas to the West.

Bagapsh was able to draw on the fact the territory of 200,000 people was recognized by Russia, then Venezuela and Nicaragua under his watch.

But some Abkhaz, who pride themselves on a history of resistance to stronger powers, accuse him of handing too much influence to former Soviet master Russia, on which Abkhazia depends for pensions, investment and at least half its budget.

Some 3,600 Russian servicemen patrol its borders and stunning coastline, where Stalin’s luxurious dacha still stands.

RESULTS OF THE VOTING
The voter turnout – 73 %
Results of the voting:
Sergey Bagapsh – 59,4 %;
Raul Khadzhimba – 15,4 %;
Zaur Ardzinba – 10,8 %;
Beslan Butba – 7,9 %;
Vitaly Bganba – 1,5 %

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  1. Georgia (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) is the most dangerous flashpoint in Russia’s tense relations with the West. The Bible says: “At the appointed time [the king of the north = Russia] will return back [will regain the influence, which it lost after the break-up of the Soviet Union] and come into the south [many indicate that this might be Georgia], but it will not be as the former [1921] or as the latter [2008]. For the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the West] will come against him, and he will be humbled, and will return.” (Daniel 11:29,30a)

    At that time, peace will be taken from the earth and the “great sword” – nuclear sword – will be used. (Revelation 6:4) However, it will be neither the great tribulation nor “the end of the world” (Armageddon). As Jesus foretold, that will be “the beginning of birth pains”. (Mathew 24:7,8)

    If the Heavens planned a full return of Russia (and much suggests this) the present economic crisis will deepen. Then also the European Union and NATO will not stands.

    In the earlier verse (11:28) Daniel says, “And (he) [the king of the north = Russia] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [state atheism]; and will act effectively; and turned back to his own land [the break-up of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact, the return of Russian troops to country].”

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