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Alias Mikhailovich Labakhua
Алиас Миха-иҧа Лабахәа
ალიას მიხაილის ძე ლაბახუა
Mayor of Sukhumi
In office
15 May 2007 – 22 October 2014
PresidentSergei Bagapsh
Alexander Ankvab
Valeri Bganba Acting
Preceded byAnzor Kortua Acting
Succeeded byAdgur Kharazia Acting
Personal details
Sukhumi, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR

Alias Mikhailovich Labakhua (Abkhazian: Алиас Миха-иҧа Лабахәа, Georgian: ალიას ლაბახუა) was Mayor of Sukhumi from 15 May 2007 until 22 October 2014

Early life and career

Alias Labakhua was born in 1963 in Sukhumi. In 1980 he graduated from Sukhumi school no. 4, V. Mayakovsky. In 1985 he graduated from the Abkhazian State University in Law, having acquired the qualifications of a lawyer. From 1985 until 1987 Labakhua served with the Soviet army in East Germany. From March 1988 until April 1990, Labakhua served as assistant attorney with the procuracy of the Abkhazian ASSR in the city of Tkvarcheli. From April till August 1990 he served as assistant attorney responsible for the execution of laws on minors in the Abkhazian ASSR. From August 1990 until December 1991 Labakhua served as senior assistant Attorney in the Azov-Black Sea environmental prosecutor's office in Sukhumi.

Throughout the rest of the nineties, Labakhua fulfilled various roles within Abkhazia's customs departments.

From November 1991 until February 1992 he was customs inspector, and from February 1992 until December 1992, senior customs inspector. From December 1992 until February 1998 Labakhua was head of the operational department of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Abkhazia. From February 1998 until June 2000 he was chief of the customs post in Psou. From June 2000 until November 2001 Labakhua was head of the unit combating Custom offences. From November 2001 until April 2003 he was inspector with the department of freight and passenger traffic, and from April until August 2003 senior inspector. From August 2003 until April 2005 Labakhua was inspector in the customs post in Sukhumi. In April 2005 Labakhua became the First Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Abkhazia.

Mayor of Sukhumi

On 15 May 2007, President Sergei Bagapsh released Alias Labkhua from his post in the State Customs Committee and appointed him acting Mayor of Sukhumi, a post temporarily fulfilled by former Vice-Mayor Anzor Kortua after former mayor Astamur Adleiba had been fired on 2 May for corruption.

On 2 September, Labakhua won by-elections in constituency No. 21, which had become necessary after Adleiba relinquished his seat on 23 July. Adleiba was the only candidate and was elected with 265 votes in favour and 2 against, out of a total 789 voters registered (a turnout of 34%).[2] Since Adleiba was now a member of the city assembly, president Bagapsh could permanently appoint him Mayor of Sukhumi on 18 September.[3]

Following the May 2014 Revolution and the election of Raul Khajimba, Labakhua was dismissed as mayor and succeeded by Adgur Kharazia on 22 October 2014.[4]


  1. ^ "Сообщение для СМИ Об исполняющем обязанности Главы Администрации г. Сухум". Администрация Президента Республики Абхазия. May 15, 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ Kuchuberia, Anzhela (3 September 2007). "Алиас Лабахуа избран депутатом горсобрания столицы Абхазии". Caucasian Knot. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ "СЕРГЕЙ БАГАПШ ПОДПИСАЛ УКАЗ О НАЗНАЧЕНИИ АЛИАСА ЛАБАХУА ГЛАВОЙ АДМИНИСТРАЦИИ ГОРОДА СУХУМ". Апсныпресс. September 18, 2007. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  4. ^ "Адгур Харазия назначен исполняющим обязанности главы администрации г. Сухум". Apsnypress. 22 October 2014. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
Preceded by
Anzor Kortua (acting)
Mayor of Sukhumi
Succeeded by
Adgur Kharazia (acting)
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