Abkhazian presidential election, 2005

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Presidential elections were held in the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia on 12 January 2005.


A Presidential election had been held in Abkhazia on 3 October, but had resulted in a prolonged conflict over the results between the two main contenders, Raul Khadjimba, who had been Prime Minister and who was backed by the seriously ailing outgoing President Vladislav Ardzinba and by Russia, and Sergei Bagapsh, the main opposition candidate who had received a narrow majority of the votes. On 5 December 2004 Bagapsh and Khadjimba agreed to hold new elections. In these elections they would run on a joint ticket, with Khadjimba as vice presidential candidate. The pair garnered over 90% of the votes, and so there was no need for a second round.


e • d Summary of the 12 January 2005 Abkhazian presidential election results
Presidential candidate Vice presidential candidate Votes %
Sergei Bagapsh Raul Khadjimba 69,328 91.54
Iakub Lakoba Stella Gunia 3,549 4.69
Against all 1,988 2.63
Invalid 868 1.15
Total amount of votes cast 75,733 100.00
Turnout 75,733 58.65
Abstention 53,394 41.35
Total number of registered voters 129,127 100.00
Source: Протокол N 7 Центральной избирательной комиссии по выборам Президента Республики Абхазия от 14 января 2005 г.

Post-election developments[edit]

On 2 June 2005, United Abkhazia suspended the membership of Sergei Bagapsh, as required by the Abkhazian constitution since he had become President.[1]