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|Dranda Cathedral is one of the oldest in Abkhazia|
|• Governor||Timur Eshba|
|• Total||1,835 km2 (708 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (28/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MSK (UTC+3)|
Gulripsh district (Georgian: გულრიფშის რაიონი, Abkhaz: Гәылрыҧшь араион) is a district of Abkhazia, Georgia’s breakaway republic. It corresponds to the eponymous Georgian district. Its capital is Gulripsh, the town by the same name. Until the August 2008 Battle of the Kodori Valley, the north-eastern part of Gulripsh district was part of Upper Abkhazia, the corner of Abkhazia controlled by Georgia until the Battle of the Kodori Valley during the August 2008 South Ossetia War. Upper Abkhazia was home to 1,956 of the district's 19,918 inhabitants, most of whom were ethnic Svans (a subgroub of the Georgian people). Most of these fled before the battle and have not yet returned.
Of note is the Dranda Cathedral sitting over a shrine built by Justinian in 551. The medieval principality of Dal-Tsabal was centered in the district. Abkhazia's main airport, Sukhumi Dranda Airport, is also located in Gulripsh district.
On 16 June 2003, President Ardzinba appointed Tamaz Gogia as Administration Head. In the beginning of 2004, District officials stayed away from work in protest of what they perceived as rudeness from Gogia. In response, Gogia applied for resignation which President Ardzinba acquested to on 10 February.
On 24 March 2005, newly elected President Sergei Bagapsh replaced Administration Head Aslan Baratelia with Mikhail Logua. In the 2011 Presidential election, Logua successfully ran for Vice President alongside Alexander Ankvab. He was succeeded on 14 December by Timur Eshba, who had previously been Deputy Head.
List of heads of the administration
|Adgur Kharazia||1993||||26 November 1994|
|26 November 1994||18 December 2002||||Vladislav Ardzinba|
|Tamaz Gogia||16 June 2003||||10 February 2004|||
|Aslan Baratelia||February 2004||24 March 2005|||
|Mikhail Logua||24 March 2005||||29 May 2011||Sergei Bagapsh|
|29 May 2011||26 September 2011||Alexander Ankvab|
|Timur Eshba||14 December 2011||||Present|
According to 2003 census, the population of the district included:
- Armenians (47.5%)
- Abkhaz (24.5%)
- Georgians (13.7%)
- Russians (12.1%)
- Greeks (0.6%)
The district's main settlements are:
- Abkhazia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi.
- 2003 (2002) Census results
- "Новые назначения в правительстве Абхазии". Caucasian Knot (in Russian). 18 December 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Выпуск № 121". Apsnypress. 16 June 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Kuchuberia, Anzhela (10 February 2004). "Президент Абхазии освободил Тамаза Гогия от обязанностей главы администрации Гулрипшского района". Caucasian Knot. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- Bagapsh, Sergei (24 March 2005). "О главе Администрации Гулрыпшского района". Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "Тимур Эшба назначен главой администрации Гульрипшского района". Apsnypress. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Харазия Адгур Рафетович". People's Assembly - Parliament of the Republic of Abkhazia. Retrieved 11 December 2012.