About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Abkhaz Leader Sergey Bagapsh Dies at 62
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 29 May.'11 / 14:30


Sergey Bagapsh was de factor president of breakaway Abkhazia since 2005. Photo: Abkhaz government website

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, died on Sunday morning in Moscow hospital after a complication with his recovery process following a surgery on his right lung a week ago, the breakaway region’s authorities announced.

Bagapsh, who was 62, served his second presidential term since re-election in December 2009.

According to the breakaway region’s constitution vice president Alexander Ankvab will become an interim president before the snap elections are held within three months.

“This is a great loss for the Abkhaz people,” Ankvab told the Russian news agency Interfax.

Bagapsh underwent lung surgery in Moscow hospital on May 21. Abkhaz officials were reporting that the surgery was successful and that Bagapsh was recovering. But leaked reports suggested that his health was deteriorating, although those reports were rejected by the Abkhaz officials.

Christian Bzhania, a spokesman for the Abkhaz president, said on May 29, that he spoke with Bagapsh three days ago and he felt better.

“But two days ago his condition unexpectedly deteriorated; he lost consciousness,” Bzhania said. “The doctors did everything in their power.”

Abkhaz officials said that it was found out after the operation that Bagapsh also had a cancer.
 
Sergei Bagapsh will be buried in Abkhazia on June 2 in his home village of Jgiarda in the Ochamchire district; memorial services will also be held in Moscow on Monday, according to the Abkhaz officials.

In a message of condolence, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev stressed on Bagapsh’s “personal contribution to strengthening of independence” of Abkhazia.

“Sergey Bagapsh was a staunch supporter of friendship and alliance with Russia, tirelessly working on deepening close bilateral ties between our countries,” Medvedev said.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2019, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
40