Abkhazia’s Bagapsh temporarily transfers duties to vice president over illness

Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh has temporarily handed his duties over to Vice President Alexander Ankvaba, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.

Bagapsh, 62, has recently undergone a lung surgery in Moscow and needs some time to rehabilitate, spokesman Kristian Bzhania said, adding that the surgery has passed successfully.

“He has been transferred to a hospital ward. Doctors recommended that he pass conservative treatment. For the period of rehabilitation the presidential duties has been transferred to the vice president,” Bzhania said.

SUKHUMI, May 21 (RIA Novosti) 

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