Georgia. According to
Countryaah.com, 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.
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.