ELECTION RESULTS IN ABKHAZIA TO BE CONSIDERED ON OCTOBER 20

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SUKHUMI, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - The session of the Supreme Court of Abkhazia to consider the results of the presidential elections has been postponed for the midday on October 20, this Wednesday. This delay has been caused by the fact that the lawyers of former Prime Minister Raul Khadjimba, a presidential candidate of the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia, quit the assembly hall for consultations.

The Abkhaz Supreme Court chamber did not resolve today the challenge of the presiding judge Georgy Akaba, filed by the former premier's lawyer, reports the Khadjimba headquarters' deputy chief Beslan Kobakhiya.

The session this Tuesday started with an argument between the central electoral commission's three members over who of them had the authority to represent the interests of the commission in the Supreme Court considering complaints on the results of the presidential election.

The commission's chairman Sergey Smyr who made an attempt to file a resignation had given the three of them powers of attorney to represent the interests of the central electoral commission in court.

The judge Georgy Akaba gave oral instruction to bar from the assembly hall all the journalists, with the exception of those representing three Russian TV channels.

The court is to consider the case and turn a verdict within ten days of the receipt of Raul Khadjimba's complaint. On October 12, he submitted his second complaint against the central electoral commission's wrongful decision to give victory in the presidential race to Sergey Bagapsha, the director of the state-run Chernomorenergo enterprise, now in opposition, according to many analysts, to the outgoing first president of independent Abkhazia, Ardzinba.

Both candidates whom the new Abkhaz Prime Minister Nodar Khashba considers responsible for all the consequences called upon their supporters to display calm and stamina and to yield to no provocation.

Meanwhile, Bagapsha is insisting on having won the presidential elections in Abkhazia. As to Raul Khadjimba, he has already placed the third suit at the Supreme Court against the faulty count of votes in the central electoral commission's protocol. He has called upon the opposition-dominated parliament to give an appraisal of the activities by Bagapsha's advocates who forced the central electoral commission to take the wrong decision.

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