TBILISI, DFWatch – Vice speaker of parliament in Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia says the current president Eduard Kokoity must resign and the region should be headed by the so-called Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev.
“As the term of president Kokoity has expired, he can no longer perform his duties as president. He should resign, and the powers of the President should temporarily move to the Prime Minister of South Ossetia Vadim Brovtsev,” Russian media is quoting Yuri Dzitstsoyty as saying.
“He in particular, as a person not involved in the conflict, can prepare the necessary conditions for a new election March 25.”
Alla Dzhioyeva, the presidential candidate who was heading for victory in the election before it was annulled, and has been holding out on a square with her supporters, is positive to this move, which may defuse some of the tension.
So-called presidential elections were held in the Tskhinvali region on November 27. This was the second round, in which Alla Jiovea, opposition candidate, and Anatoly Bibilov, assumed Kremlin favorite, faced off against each other.
The opposition representative clearly got most votes and would have been declared the winner, but on November 30 the so-called Supreme Court of South Ossetia annulled the results of the elections, announced them as failed and appointed new early elections on March 25, 2012.
The court’s decision was the reason Dzhioyeva supporters launched a wave of demonstrations in front of the so-called government building on Tskhinvali’s main square. Their demand, which was submitted to the court, is to recognize the election results and transfer government to Dzhioyeva.
Yesterday, Dzhioyeva for the first time made comments about the progress of the talks on the situation in South Ossetia. She held talks mediated by head of the Russian Presidential Administration for Interregional and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Sergei Vinokurov. She says that the talks will be resumed Friday.