Abkhaz president claims power grab attempt, says situation may still be switched to legal track

Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab has claimed an attempt at power grab but said there is still a chance to switch to a legal track.

Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab has claimed an attempt at power grab but said there is still a chance to switch to a legal track.

"In legal terms, this is definitely an armed attempt at power grab," Ankvab told Abkhaz television on Wednesday.

"Yet there is still a chance to reverse the situation to a legal track," the Abkhaz president noted.

"The [Abkhaz] Security Council kept working through the night to discuss the general situation," he continued.

"I have been informed about attempts of the opposition to inquire about plans of law enforcement agency chiefs. The law enforcement chiefs are loyal to the state and are doing the utmost to achieve stabilization. We will carry on our efforts to switch the situation to a legal track. I am confident there is no other way," Ankvab said.

Meanwhile, Abkhaz Parliament Speaker Valery Bganba told reporters that a special session of the People's Assembly would be held on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Abkhazia and a possible solution.

Abkhaz opposition co-leader Raul Khadzhimba claimed the opposition temporarily took control of the republic.

An Interfax correspondent reported the opposition protesters occupied the Abkhaz presidential administration building by 11:00 p.m. Moscow time on Tuesday without encountering any resistance.

A bit earlier Khadzhimba told his supporters that the opposition's coordination council "assumed temporary control over the republic."

Interfax reported some time ago that Abkhaz President Ankvab left the presidential administration building after the protesters had broken in. Meanwhile, the presidential press secretary said Ankvab stayed in control of the republican situation.

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