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New Abkhaz Leader Takes Oath Of Office


Aleksandr Ankvab during his inauguration as president of the breakaway Abkhazia region

Aleksandr Ankvab during his inauguration as president of the breakaway Abkhazia region

Aleksandr Ankvab has been sworn in as the de facto leader of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia.

Ankvab won the August 26 presidential election that was denounced by Georgia.

Abkhazia conducted elections on August 26 after the previous leader Sergei Bagapsh died in May.

Abkhazia broke away from Georgia after the brief Russian-Georgian war of 2008.

Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and another breakaway region of Georgia -- South Ossetia -- but so far only a few countries have done the same.

compiled from agency reports

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