Rebel Abkhazia to hold leadership polls
Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia is to hold presidential polls in August after the death of former leader Sergei Bagapsh, official media in the Moscow-backed territory said on Wednesday.
"The parliament of Abkhazia has taken the decision to hold extraordinary elections for the presidency of the republic on August 26," the official Apsnypress news agency reported.
The elections are due to take place on the anniversary of Moscow's recognition of Abkhazia as an independent state, which followed Russia's defeat of Georgia in a brief war in 2008.
The Kremlin has since stationed thousands of troops in the Black Sea region -- a move described as occupation by Tbilisi, which like its Western allies considers elections held by the breakaway authorities in Abkhazia to be illegitimate.
Bagapsh died in hospital in Moscow on May 29 after lung surgery.
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