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Yearbook 1996

Georgia. According to, the breakout region of South Ossetia in the north of the country declared itself presidential republic in September and at the same time announced presidential elections. Ljudvig Tjibirov was elected president by winning 52% of the vote in November. Georgia does not approve of the Republic's independence and protests against the election.

1996 Georgia

In Abkhazia, the second outbreak republic in the country's north, parliamentary elections were held in November. Nor was this election approved by Georgia, which did not recognize Abkhazia as an independent state.

The country applied for full membership of the Council of Europe in July. So far, the Council's entry requirements had not been met, as was confirmed by the American human rights organization Freedom House's report, where Georgia was designated as a formally democratic state, but with no freedom of the press.

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