Abkhazian presidential election, 1999

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The first Presidential election of the Republic of Abkhazia was held on 3 October 1999 at the same time as a referendum on the constitution. In August, the Central Election Commission headed by Viacheslav Tsugba set-up 28 electoral districts for the purpose of the election.[1] Outgoing President Vladislav Ardzinba was nominated by the national-patriotic movement Apsny,[2] and also received the support of the Communist Party[3] and the Abkhaz diaspora in Turkey.[4] He stood unopposed in the election.[5] On 2 September, the Central Election Commission registered the nomination of former Foreign Minister Leonid Lakerbaia by his People's Party,[6] but his candidacy was not approved.[7] There were also rumours that former Vice Chairman Zurab Achba of Aidgylara would run for President, which he dismissed in an interview with Nuzhnaya Gazeta as a "nightmare of an idea".[8]

Result[edit]

e • d Summary of the 1999 Abkhaz presidential election results
presidential candidate vice presidential candidate votes %
Vladislav Ardzinba Valery Arshba 190,013 98,87
total 192,175 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily News August 9, 1999". Sarke. 9 August 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Daily News August 11, 1999". Sarke. 11 August 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Daily News August 16, 1999". Sarke. 16 August 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Daily News October 1, 1999". Sarke. 1 October 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Wheatley, Jonathan (2005). Georgia from national awakening to Rose Revolution: delayed transition in the former Soviet Union. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 121. ISBN 0-7546-4503-7. 
  6. ^ "Daily News September 3, 1999". Sarke. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Sharia, Vitali (5 September 2011). "Как в Абхазии президентов выбирали". Ekho Kavkaza. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Daily News August 13, 1999". Sarke. 13 August 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2012.