|Vladislav Ardzinba, First Abkhazia President Passes Away - UNPO|
|News - Miscellaneous|
|Thursday, 04 March 2010 18:33|
Below follows an obituary of Vladislav Ardzinba (14 May 1945 – 4 March 2010)
Vladislav Ardzinba was an Abkhaz politician and the first president of Republic of Abkhazia.
On December 4th, 1990, Vladislav Ardzinba was elected Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Abkhazia. He was elected president by the Abkhazian parliament in 1994 and won the first direct polls on October 3rd, 1999, where he was re-elected as the president of Abkhazia. Under his leadership, Abkhazia tried to strengthen the economy, create links with the international community and promote the rightful self-determination of the people of Abkhazia. In 2003 his health seriously deteriorated and as a consequence was forced to resign the presidency of Abkhazia in 2004.
Vladislav Ardzinba dedicated his life to the struggle of Abkhazia for self-determination and freedom and passed away on Thursday, 4th March 2010 after a longstanding battle with cancer in Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital.