Abkhazian New Union Treaty referendum, 1991
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The treaty would have reorganised the Soviet Union into a less centralised state. However, it was largely boycotted by the Georgian population in Abkhazia, whilst in the Georgian SSR no referendum was held.
The Union Treaty was approved in the republics where referendums were held, but its coming into effect was prevented by the August 1991 coup attempt and the subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union on 26 December.
The fact that voters in Abkhazia approved the new union treaty while the Georgian SSR declared its independence on 9 April has been used by Abkhazia as an argument that Georgia became de jure independent from the Soviet Union without Abkhazia, which was then free to choose its own future.
- "State-Legal Relations Between Abkhazia and Georgia". UNPO. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
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