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The 2017 parliamentary elections held in the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia on March 12 followed by a run-off on March 26. The elections took place against the background of the unresolved conflict with Georgia and in the context of the tense Georgia-Russia relations. Since Abkhazia is the self-proclaimed state, international organizations usually tasked with monitoring elections were absent. There were however observers from Russia and such de facto states as Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia, Donetsk People’s Republic etc. News reports from the region as well observations from East View researchers noted that the elections were generally peaceful with no major excesses marring the process.