Abkhaz Government Undermined as Interior Ministry Defies

(Civil Georgia)–Reports say 2,000 employees of the Abkhaz Interior Minister announced its defiance to Prime Minister of breakaway region Nodar Khashba following the statement of the Chairman of the Abkhaz Parliamentary Chairman Nugzar Ashuba–who recognized opposition leader Sergey Bagapsh as the President-elect.

Vice-President of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia Valery Arshba–said on November 17 that employees of the Interior Ministry announced their defiance to the Prime Minister–accusing the Abkhaz government of destabilizing the situation in the breakaway region.

"Over 2000 employees of the Interior Ministry–[everyone] except the Minister and one deputy announced their defiance to the present government–claiming that it pursues an anti-constitutional policy," both Georgian and Russian media reported quoting Valeri Arshba.

While speaking to reporters in Sokhumi–head of the Abkhazian Parliament Nugzar Ashuba commented over the recent crisis in the region by saying that the Abkhazian people "have already decided who will be the next President–Sergey Bagapsh," reported the Regnum News agency.

"It is widely known," continued Ashuba–"that the elections passed without any serious disturbances." He also said that Russia is a major guarantor of Abkhazia’s security–"but Russia can not decide who has to be Abkhazia’s President."

The Abkhaz opposition movemen’s Amtsakhara–Aitaira–and United Abkhazia accused Prime Minister Nodar Khashba in urging Russia to send troops to Abkhazia "for restoring order in the region." But in an interview with Russian news agency Itar-Tass Abkhaz de facto Prime Minister Nodar Khashba denied these accusations.

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