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  1. Georgia Main Page
  2. Georgia Gains Independence from USSR
  3. U.S. Supports Georgia
  4. Georgia and Russia Are Antagonists in Fight Over Breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia
  5. Georgia and Russia Reach Trade Agreement
  6. Georgia's President and Prime Minister Engage in Prolonged Power Struggle
  7. Georgia Holds Presidential Elections in October 2013
  8. Unrest in Abkhazia as Parliament Calls for Early Elections
Unrest in Abkhazia as Parliament Calls for Early Elections

In late May 2014, demonstrators broke into Abkhazia's presidential headquarters and opposition leaders seized control, forming a Provisional National Council. Abkhazia's parliament then voted to oust Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya and hold early president elections in August. Parliament also asked for President Alexander Ankvab's resignation. Ankvab refused, but fled the capital and resigned three days later. Valery Bganba, the parliament's speaker, would act as Abkhazia's president until the August elections.

The territory of Abkhazia remains disputed. Georgia's government and a majority of the international community consider Abkhazia part of Georgia. However, Abkhazia considers itself an independent state, the Republic of Abkhazia, which is recognized by Russia and a handful of other nations.

See also Encyclopedia: Georgia
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Georgia
State Department for Statistics www.statistics.ge/ .

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