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Abkhazia’s president resigns before early elections

Reuters June 1, 2014 – 17:33 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Alexander Ankvab, the head of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, resigned on Sunday, just a day after the local parliament voted to hold early presidential elections in August, a spokeswoman for the president said. “The president decided (to resign) in order to prevent the situation from worsening,” she said, adding that Valery Bganba, the speaker of the regional parliament, would be acting president until the vote on Aug. 24. The government resigned as well. Whoever leads Abkhazia, the province in the Black Sea region is likely to maintain close ties with Moscow, on which it depends for political and economic assistance. The…