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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 in what became known as the May Revolution. 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, acted as Abkhazia's president until Raul Khajimba was elected in August 2014. Khajimba took office the following month.

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.

Further political unrest came in November 2014, when Georgia's Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze resigned along with four other ministers. Their resignations came after Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili fired pro-Western Defense Minister Irakli Alasania over a spending dispute. The firing and resignations also led to one of the six ruling coalition parties, the Free Democrats, defecting. Therefore, the Georgian Dream party and its coalition lost its majority in parliament. After resigning, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze expressed concern that Georgia was veering away from Europe and moving closer to Russia. However, in a press conference following the resignations, Prime Minister Garibashvili said he remained committed to working on closer ties with Western nations.

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

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