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Georgia's Breakaway Abkhazia Holds Legislative Elections

Voters in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia are going to the polls in parliamentary elections.

About 150 candidates are vying for the legislature's 35 seats.

The elections -- which Georgia does not recognize as valid -- come seven months after a snap presidential election was won by Aleksandr Ankvab and less than three weeks after an assassination attempt against him.

The Abkhaz elections are being monitored by a handful of NGOs from countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Abkhazia was recognized as independent by Moscow following the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.

Since then, only Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the Pacific island states of Nauru and Tuvalu have recognized the region.

With local media reporting

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