Voters in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia have taken to the polls in parliamentary elections, for the first time since the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia.
148 candidates are vying for the 35 parliamentary seats in the state which is only recognised by Russia and a handful of other countries.
Following years of disquiet, Abkhazian political analyst, Arna Inal-Ipa, said the country still has a long way to go:
“There are lot’s of accumulated problems in the development of political and economical systems. The state could do much more for young businessmen, for example.”
The election follows just a few weeks after an assassination attempt on the country’s president, which some said was an attempt to destabilise the country ahead of the vote.