The protesters claim there were widespread irregularities in the re-election of Raul Khadzhimba [Stringer/AP]

Hundreds of demonstrators contesting a local election in Georgia‘s breakaway region of Abkhazia have broken into the de facto leader’s office demanding his resignation, according to Russian state media.

The crowd on Thursday gathered outside the building in the city of Sukhumi, the Russia-backed separatist region’s capital, before breaking down the door and smashing windows to get inside, pictures and footage circulated by Russian state media showed.

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The protesters claim there were widespread irregularities in the re-election of Raul Khadzhimba for a second five-year term as Abkhazia’s president in September.

Thursday’s unrest came as the authorities were set to review a call by opposition leader Alkhas Kvitsinia to

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