Vice-president of the Republic of Abkhazia is one of the highest officials in the country and is elected along with the President of Abkhazia for a 5-year’s term.
Candidacy of the vice-president is presented by the candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Abkhazia. The citizen of Abkhazia not younger than 35 years and not older than 65 years who is entitled to vote may be elected to be the vice-president. For the duration of implementation of empowerment, the vice-president should suspend membership in political parties and public associations. He cannot be the Member of Parliament or hold any other offices in state and public bodies, enterprise structures. The Republic of Abkhazia pays a money award for the service of the vice-president.
Vice-president implements President’s assignments, substitutes the President in case of absence or inability to implement duties. In case of deprivation of the President from his post, death, impeachment or inability to implement duties the Vice-president becomes acting President. In case of deprivation from post, death, impeachment or inability to implement duties of both the President and Vice-president the Premier becomes the acting President of the Republic of Abkhazia.