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Abkhazia Remains Tense After Building Takeover


Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia remains tense - a day after supporters of presidential candidate Sergei Bagapsh seized regional government offices.

Crowds stormed the buildings in the capital, Sukhumi, Friday. Several people were injured, and one woman died of a gunshot wound.

Mr. Bagapsh blames the shooting on guards, while Abkhaz officials say Mr. Bagapsh's supporters were responsible.

The region's high court last month declared Mr. Bagapsh the winner of a disputed October presidential election, but then reversed itself and ordered a new vote. His supporters have rejected fresh elections.

Russia said Friday it will act if necessary to protect its interests. Tbilisi then accused Moscow of interfering in Georgia's internal affairs - a charge Moscow rejects.

Abkhaz President Vladislav Ardzinba described the events Friday in the pro-Russian enclave as an attempted coup. Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the 1990s.

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