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Subject: Abkhazia President Sergei Bagapsh dies at 62

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/11 at 12:21 am

Sergei Bagapsh, president of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, has died aged 62, Abkhaz officials say.

They say he passed away in a Moscow hospital from complications following recent lung surgery.

Mr Bagapsh won his second five-year term in 2009. Georgia denounced the elections as "illegitimate".

Since its brief war with Georgia in 2008 over another disputed territory, South Ossetia, Russia has provided security for Abkhazia.

Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in 1992, but is only recognised by Moscow and a handful of other countries.

Abkhaz officials say Vice-President Alexander Ankvab will be acting leader.

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