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BBC – A lorry overtook a vehicle in wet weather and crashed into the convoy of Moldovan President Igor Dodon.
The rollover accident comes just hours after the prime minister of Abkhazia, a Russian-backed republic that broke away from Georgia in the 1990s, died in a car crash.
Dodon was taken to hospital with “scratches and bruises,” officials say.
The ally of Russia’s Vladimir Putin has led the former Soviet Republic since 2016.
Prime Minister Dead
[The following report was released by the official Russian news agency TASS. It has not been edited or independently verified. – Editor]
SUKHUM, September 9. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Abkhazia Gennady Gaguliya died in a traffic accident on Saturday evening, press secretary of the republican government Diana Zantariya told TASS.
The traffic accident occurred near the Myussera militia post, she said. According to information available, the driver and security guards of the prime minister were not injured.
The accident occurred at about 23.00 Moscow time at the Psou – Sukhum motorway, the Abkhazia’s Cabinet of Ministers said on its website.
“The car with the prime minister was in the cortege of the official delegation of Abkhazia returning from the Syrian Arab Republic. According to preliminary data, nobody was injured as a result of the accident,” the statement says.
Gaguliya was appointed to the office of the prime minister in April 2018. He was the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic before the appointment. Coverage continues below the break …
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Who Is Igor Dodon?
Igor Dodon is considered a pro-Russian politician and in favor of the federalization of Moldova.
Born 18 February 1975, Dodon has been the President of Moldova since 23 December 2016.
Previously he was the leader of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova.
Dodon was appointed to the post of Associate Minister of Trade and Economics in May 2005, during the second Tarlev Cabinet.
He assumed the position of Minister of Trade and Economics in September 2006. He held the position until September 2009, when the government of Zinaida Greceanîi ended. Dodon also held the post of Associate Prime Minister under Greceanîi from 2008 until 2009.
In June 2011, Dodon lost to Dorin Chirtoacă in the election for mayor of Chișinău. He took 49.4% of the vote.
In November 2011, Dodon left the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) citing hopes that a deal could be worked out with the ruling Alliance for European Integration to elect a president and end a constitutional crisis that had dragged on since the resignation of Vladimir Voronin in 2009.
Greceanîi and Veronica Abramciuc left at the same time. On 18 December 2011, Dodon joined the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) and was elected chairman of the party.
On 16 March 2012, three former communists (Dodon, Greceanîi and Abramciuc) voted for the Alliance for European Integration (AIE) candidate Nicolae Timofti as President of Moldova. Later, Dodon stated that he regretted his vote for Timofti.
After he was elected as the President of Moldova, due to specifics of Moldovan law, Dodon resigned as PSRM chairman and left the party, being replaced by Zinaida Greceanîi as interim leader.
On 17 October 2017, the Constitutional Court of Moldova decided that Dodon is temporarily unable to perform his duties for failing to swear in proposed Defence Minister Eugen Sturza.
On 2 January 2018, the Constitutional Court of Moldova decided that Dodon is temporarily unable to perform his duties for failing to swear in a number of seven ministers.
Several days later the Constitutional Court once again temporarily suspended Dodon, due to his veto on a bill on restricting Russian news broadcasts.
This allowed the parliament to bypass his veto and enact a law restricting Russian television broadcasts. The law bans television channels from broadcasting news and analytical programs from countries that have not signed the regional agreement for the European Broadcasting Area, such as Russia.
Who was Gennadi Gagulia?
Gennadi Leonidipa Gagulia (4 January 1948 – 8 September 2018) was an Abkhazian politician who was three-time Prime Minister of Abkhazia and the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He served as the first prime minister of Abkhazia after the post was established by the constitution in 1995, holding it until 1997. He returned to the post in 2002 and remained for several months into 2003, and held it for a final time in 2018, before dying in a car crash.
In the year after the Republic of Abkhazia was founded, he worked at the State Committee for Foreign Economic Relations of the Council of Ministers of the republic, before eventually serving as Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Abkhazia from 1992-1995. During the Georgian-Abkhaz War, Gagulia was a member of the Abkhazian Defense Committee, which was responsible for the distribution of food for the Abkhaz Armed Forces.
In between his first two terms as prime minister, Gagulia served as the the chair of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia. He was also deputy prime minister under Anri Jergenia.
Second Term as Prime Minister (2002–2003)
When Jergenia was fired on 29 November 2002, Gagulia was appointed as prime minister for the second time. He only served for only 5 months until Gagulia’s government filed for resignation on 7 April 2003.
Earlier that day, nine Abkhazian prisoners had escaped, four of which had been sentenced to death due to their involvement in the 2001 Kodori crisis.
President Ardzinba initially refused to accept Gagulia’s resignation, but was forced to agree on 8 April. Vice President Valery Arshba denied on 8 April that the government’s resignation was due to the prison escape, and stated that instead it was caused by the opposition’s plans to hold protest rallies on 10 April.
Career after his Second Term (2003–2018)
On 15 December 2003, Gagulia was appointed head of the Presidential administration, succeeding Miron Agrba. On 18 June 2004, Gagulia resigned from his post, stating “There is a certain scenario to the presidential elections in Abkhazia. I don’t match this scenario and thus I prefer to step down.”
It had been suggested that Ardzinba may have also favoured Gagulia to replace him as President, but Ardzinba instead decided to back then-Prime Minister Raul Khajimba.
On 24 June 2004, Gagulia was again appointed head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia, succeeding Yuri Aqaba. Gagulia remained in that position until April 2018.
Third Term as Prime Minister (2018)
Gagulia was reappointed Prime Minister of Abkhazia in April 2018 by President Raul Khajimba, replacing Beslan Bartsits.
Gagulia was killed in a car accident outside the village of Myussera, Gudauta District on 8 September 2018. He was returning from Sochi International Airport following a 3-day visit with Khajimba to Syria, which was one of the few countries that recognized Abkhazia’s independence, and where a large Circassian and Abkhaz minority lives. He also met Bashar al-Assad there.
A car collided with the convoy, and the impact forced Gagulia’s car into the ditch. He died on the spot. Two others, Gagulia’s bodyguard and a driver, were injured in the crash.
Khajimba, who was travelling in the same convoy and saw the crash, suggested it was not an assassination attempt or terrorism, but rather an accident.