Abkhazian parliamentary election, 1996
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Parliamentary elections were held in the underrecognized Republic of Abkhazia on 24 November 1996. 30 of the 35 seats were filled in the election with the other five being filled in run-off elections two weeks later. At the same time refugees in Georgia held a referendum to declare that elections in Abkhazia were invalid.
The election was held in order to replace the former Abkhaz Autonomous Republic's Supreme Soviet which had split during the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict in 1993 with 28 deputies continuing in Abkhazia as the Abkhaz Supreme Soviet. The remaining 24 formed a parliament in exile in Georgia.
In order to be elected a candidate had to obtain over 50% of the vote. Voters received a list of candidates and crossed off all the names but that of the candidate they preferred.
In response to the election Georgia organised a referendum among refugees from Abkhazia. The Georgian government of Eduard Shevardnadze said that over 99% of refugees agreed that elections in Abkhazia were invalid until refugees were allowed to return and its political status as part of Georgia was agreed.
- "ABKHAZ ELECTION OFFSET BY REFUGEE REFERENDUM". The Jamestown Foundation. December 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- "The elections in Abkhazia and the prospects for peace: Report on visit to Georgia/Abkhazia, November 21-28, 1996". Parliamentary Human Rights Group. 1996-11-26. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
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