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Abkhazia profile - Leaders

  • 16 March 2015
  • From the section Europe

President: Raul Khadzhimba

Abkhaz president Raul Khadzhimba
KGB training graduate Raul Khadzhimba is considered strongly pro-Moscow

Raul Khadzhimba was voted in as president in August 2014, in an election denounced as illegal by the European Union and Georgia.

He replaces Alexander Ankvab who was forced to resign over allegations of corruption and misrule. Protesters broke into the presidential administration building in the main city, Sukhumi, in May 2014.

Mr Khadjimba won the election outright in the first round as leader of the territory's main opposition group.

He is a graduate of the Soviet KGB secret service training school in Moscow, and is considered pro-Russian.