Raul Khajimba, the current president of the republic of Abkhazia, took the lead in Sunday’s presidential election, Russia Today reported.
The results of the counting of votes in 97% of polling stations, that Khajimba has the support of 26.58% of voters, according to information received from observers of one of the candidates, Alkhas Kvitsina.
According to observers, Oleg Arshba, a former deputy foreign minister, has taken 24.86% of the vote, compared to 24.61% for Elkhas Kvitsenya, leader of the opposition Amtsakhara party.
The Central Election Commission did not publish any official preliminary results from the vote.
Raul Jumkovich Khajimba is self-declared President of Abkhazia, having been elected in 2014 after the May Revolution.
He was also Chairman of the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia from 2010–2015. Khajimba previously held the offices of Vice President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister.