Valeri Bganba

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Valeri Bganba
Бганба Валерий Рамшухович.jpg
President of Abkhazia
In office
1 June 2014 – 25 September 2014
Prime Minister Vladimir Delba (Acting)
Beslan Butba (Designate)
Preceded by Alexander Ankvab
Succeeded by Raul Khajimba
Personal details
Born (1953-08-26) 26 August 1953 (age 63)
Bzyb, Soviet Union
Political party Independent
Alma mater Kuban State Agrarian University

Valeri Bganba (born 26 August 1953) is the current Speaker of the People's Assembly of Abkhazia. He was elected as speaker on 3 April 2012.[1] Bganba became acting President on 1 June 2014, following the resignation of Alexander Ankvab as a result of the 2014 Abkhazian political crisis. On 25 September 2014 he was replaced by Raul Khajimba, the winner of the presidential elections on 24 August.

Early life[edit]

Valeri Bganba was born on 26 August 1953 in the village of Bzyb in Gagra District. Between 1971 and 1976 he attended the Kuban Agriculture Institute.

Political career[edit]

In 1991, Valeri Bganba was elected to Abkhazia's Supreme Soviet. In 1998, and again in 2001, he was elected Chairman of the Gagra District Assembly.[2] In December 2002 Bganba was appointed Governor of the Gagra District,[3] succeeding Grigori Enik, who had been appointed Head of the State Customs Committee.[4] On 25 May 2006, Bganba was released from office by President Sergei Bagapsh upon his own request, and succeeded by Astamur Ketsba.[5]

In March 2007, Bganba once more became a member of the People's Assembly of Abkhazia when in the general election he won a second round victory in constituency no. 9.[6] In the March 2012 elections, he was one of only five deputies to retain their seat, winning a 52.90% first round victory in constituency no.9 over his only opponent.[7] During the first session of the 5th convocation of the People's Assembly on 3 April, Bganba was elected Speaker, defeating Raul Khajimba by 21 votes to 11.[1] Bganba's predecessor as Speaker Nugzar Ashuba had failed to get re-elected.


Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Ankvab
President of Abkhazia

Succeeded by
Raul Khajimba