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New deadlock in South Ossetian leadership contest

by | Jan 29, 2012

South Ossetian opposition leader Alla Dzhioyeva says a compromise deal was not honored by the acting president Vadim Brovtsev and her campaign will again claim victory after November's election. Dzhioyeva's inauguration is scheduled for February 10.

TBILISI, DFWatch – South Ossetian opposition leader Alla Dzhioyeva wants to have her inauguration on February 10. The location for the ceremony has not been announced.

“I appeal to the acting president of South Ossetia requesting that the transfer of power is done in a civilized way, as fits a legally elected president,” Russian news agency Ria Novosti quotes her as saying.

Dzhioyeva has written several letters to the acting president Vadim Brovtsev, but says she didn’t receive an answer from him, but from the press office of the president, which said that her actions were destructive.

In November 2011 two candidates competed in the second round of the so-called presidential elections in South Ossetia: opposition leader Alla Dzhioyeva and Anatoly Bibilov, the Kremlin favorite. Preliminary results showed Dzhioyeva clearly winning.

But the South Ossetian Supreme Court annulled the results after receiving a complaint, and announced a repeat election on March 25. Dzhioyeva refused to accept this and mobilized her supporters on a square in front of the government building in Tskhinvali.

After ten days, a compromise deal was put forth by president Eduard Kokoity as he announced that he was stepping down earlier than planned and appointing Vadim Brovtsev as acting president. The deal also meant the dismissal of three top officials and that Dzhioyeva would be allowed to run in the election in March. She accepted after some hesitation and called off the protest.

Later the South Ossetian assembly refused to dismiss two of the officials and on January 17 she withdrew from the deal and declared that she again would claim election victory, throwing the region into another crisis. Five days later she called off her second wave of protest, saying she had had constructive talks with Brovtsev.

But the talks seem to have stranded, and Dzhioyeva now says she’s withdrawing her signature from the agreement and is not going to participate in the March 25 election.

Instead, she will claim victory and have her inauguration on February 10. After much back and forth, Dzhioyeva promises that this time she will fight until the end and ‘not deviate from this path’.



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