2019 Abkhazian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in the partially recognized Republic of Abkhazia in 2019. As no candidate gathered more than 50% of the votes in the first round 25 August, a second was held on 8 September between the top two candidates, incumbent President Raul Khajimba of the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia and Alkhas Kvitsinia of Amtsakhara.[1] Khajimba was subsequently re-elected with a margin of less than 2% in the second round. On September 20, the Supreme Court in Abkhazia declared the decision of the Central Election Commission to recognize incumbent Raul Khajimba’s victory in the second round of the presidential election as legal.[2]

Presidential election in Abkhazia
2019 Abkhazian presidential election

 2014 25 August 2019 (first round)
8 September 2019 (second round)
Candidate Raul Khajimba Alkhas Kvitsinia
Party FNUA Amtsakhara
Running mate Aslan Bartsits Dmitri Dbar
Popular vote 39,741 38,742
Percentage 48.68% 47.46%

President before election

Raul Khajimba

Elected President

Election results annulled
Valeri Bganba becomes interim president

 Abkhazia portal

In January 2020 the Abkhazian Supreme Court annulled the results, following protests against Khajimba.[3] Khajimba resigned the presidency on 12 January, and new elections were called for 22 March.[4]

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The People’s Assembly had originally set a date for 21 July.[5] In May 2019, the opposition demanded rescheduling the elections after the main opposition candidate Aslan Bzhania appeared to have been poisoned in Russia.[6] The elections were subsequently postponed to 25 August 2019 under pressure from supporters of the Bzhania.[7]

Registration for candidates officially opened on 26 June 2019.[8] Ten candidate initially registered;[9][10] but it was later determined that one candidate, Astamur Otirba, had not presented a Vice-President in time.[11]

Presidential candidate Career Party Vice Presidential candidate
Shamil Adzinba Deputy Prime Minister, 2014–2016 Rafael Ampar
Artur Ankvab Historian, Lecturer at Abkhazian State University Soslan Salakaya
Oleg Arshba Former Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Bartsyts
Leonid Dzapshba Leader of Akzaara, Minister of Internal Affairs, 2010–2016 Akzaara Vianor Ashba
Almas Japua Member of Parliament Independent Vadim Smyr
Astamur Kakalia Businessman, diplomat Astamur Ayba
Raul Khajimba Incumbent President of Abkhazia FNUA Aslan Bartsits
Alkhas Kvitsinia Chairman of Amtsakhara Amtsakhara Dmitri Dbar
Astamur Tarba Former head of the State Security Service of Abkhazia Tamazi Ketsba

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