АЏП, Autumn 2016

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Ăзвеі • Ăzvei • Autumn 2016

Voting regulation for Adzhatians abroad to be changed

(27 September) - The government is working on plans to allow Adzhatians abroad to vote in their nearest embassies, instead of being forced to return to their native country in order to execute their democratic right, as is now the case.

Due to generally unfavourable flight connections from and to Adzhatia, many Adzhatians abroad generally don’t bother to vote in general elections. Special flights are organised to Moscow, Oslo, London, and Toronto around election dates, but these flights attract only few passengers.

The minister of justice and democratic affairs, Mr Vitaĺ Ăħcvehei, explains: “A simple majority of the Adzhatian diaspora lives in those four cities, but many more live scattered around the world; we cannot organise flights to pick up every one of them where they live.” Apart from large Adzhatian communities in Russia, Norway, the European Union, and in North America around Toronto and Detroit, it’s especially the smaller ones for which it is problematic to make the journey.

The opposition criticises the plans. According to a spokeswoman of PŎA, allowing people to vote in their embassies isn’t going to change anything. “Australia for instance is a big country; my party is not at all convinced if Adzhatians in Perth are willing to pay for a flight to visit our embassy in Canberra. It would be easier for them to vote by mail.”

According to minister Ăħcvehei however, a lot can go wrong with voting by mail. The government wants to be sure that every Adzhatian citizen’s vote can be cast without the suspicion that it can be tampered with before it reaches its destination.

Elections on 14 January 2017

ASHTINOK, 28 NOVEMBER 2016 ~ The next election of the 115 proportionally elected members of the Dume will take place on Saturday 14 January 2017, prime minister Eigĕń Hameen(Secializdźiś) con-firmed today.

The current minority government of Secializdźiś and Dzalităm Partića, has lost some stability due to increasing reluctance of the supporting communist party NKP to continue to endorse certain government policies. Originally, the next election had to take place before 1 July 2017 at the latest, but already earlier this year the liberal party AVŎD caused a huge blow for Hameen’s government by leaving the original three party coalition and calling for early elections – a move that was thwarted at the time after Secializdźiś and Dz-P found NKP willing to give support to a minority government.

Opinion polls have suggested lately that Secializdźiś have a chance of winning the elections, although AVŎD continues to be a popular alternative.

Bugănskie to be replaced in 2017

ASHTINOK, 19 DECEMBER 2016 ~ Anatoĺ Bugănskie, the current Adzhatian ambassador to FICT, will be replaced next year, although the government is still looking for a suitable candidate to succeed him; the 57 year old diplomat was supposed to step down in October already, but due to lack of a successor, his mandate was extended.

Bugănskie is currently the longest serving ambassador to FICT: he assumed office in October 2011 in addition to his tasks as ambassador to Kaupelan, due to the fact that FICT headquarters are located in that country, but when it was his turn to take over the rotating chair of the Conference of Ambassadors, it was decided that someone else took over as ambassador to Kaupelan.

During his tenure of more than five year, Bugănskie chaired the Conference of Ambassadors twice, in addition to being Vice Secretary General once. He is the only ambassador left who assumed office before the “Big Shake-Up” of 2012 that saw four member states leave.