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    Abkhazian President Calls Upcoming Referendum 'Not Useful'

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    Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba said that he does not consider the upcoming referendum on snap elections in the partially recognized state to be useful.

    SUKHUMI (Sputnik) — Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba told Sputnik in an interview that the upcoming referendum on snap elections in the partially recognized state was "not useful" and added that he would not cling to power.

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    On Sunday, Abkhazia will hold a referendum on snap presidential elections.

    "If the results are not in favor of the authorities, you know, I find no sense in clinging to the office… I do not consider the referendum to be useful and I do not see any point in attending it," Khajimba said.

    He added that nothing would threaten safety of Russian tourists attending Abkhazia during the referendum.

    "I think that people, who need to come to Abkhazia, they will come, despite the ongoing processes. And I will underline that we have all the capabilities to control the situation in the country," Khajimba said.

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