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Abkhazia elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a five term by the people. The People's Assembly has 35 members, elected for a five-year term in single seat constituencies. Abkhazia is a one party dominant state.[citation needed] Opposition parties are allowed, but are widely considered to have no real chance of gaining power.[citation needed] The last elections seems to show a development towards a multi-party system.[citation needed]

On 28 February 1996 Abkhazia's Parliament adopted a referendum law according to which referendums may be initiated by Parliament, by the President or by a group of citizens who have collected at least 10,000 signatures.[1] Since then, Abkhazia has held two referendums in 1999 to approve its constitution and declaration of independence, and one in 2016 to hold early presidential elections, but was declared invalid due to low voter turnout.

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2014 Presidential electionsEdit

2012 parliamentary electionsEdit

In early March the 35 seats of Parliament were contested by 150 candidates. It was monitored by some NGOs from countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States,[2] as well as by a delegation from Tuvalu.[3]

2011 Presidential electionsEdit

2011 Local electionsEdit

2009 Presidential electionsEdit

2007 Parliamentary electionsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

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  1. ^ The Jamestown Foundation (1 March 1996). "ABKHAZIA ENACTS REFERENDUM LAW". Monitor. 2 (44). Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Georgia's Breakaway Abkhazia Holds Legislative Elections". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Tiny Tuvalu's Officials In Abkhazia For Visa-Free Deal, Monitoring". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.