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South Ossetia’s hard choice

2011-08-18 13:09

South Ossetia’s hard choice. 20968.jpegThe presidential elections day in South Ossetia is fixed at last. According to the Parliament's statement, they will be held on November 13. This technical decision was rather hard to take. The republic was facing a political crisis, for the issue of fixing the date was to be aligned with the discrepancies in the law. Now hardships are over and it's time for numerous


candidates to get ready for pre-election race.

The point was that the present Central Electoral Commission's authority expires on August 31, so its current composition could be engaged neither in the voting organization, nor in holding a referendum on the status of the state language initially scheduled for September 11.

We won't go into details of South-Osssetian legislation but will only say that the uncertainty with the new CEC composition caused a political scandal in Tskhinval. The new composition of the commission has not been formed yet, which was the ground for representatives of the opposed political groups to accuse each other of various plots, for instance, of an attempt to disrupt presidential elections.

Another problem was that according to the law, elections and referendum must not be held in the same year. This time will be an exception, a new legal basis for referendum to be created afterwards.

Thus, the candidates who are expected to be quite numerous may start preparing to fight. They've got time, for there is almost two months and a half before the elections.

The preparation for elections in South Ossetia is evidently going to be interesting. The latest news is related to the Kremlin's position on the matter. It looks like Moscow has got a special proposal for RSO: it is head of RSO Emergency Situations Ministry Anatoliy Bibilov.

Of course, it is all confidential, and Moscow will not necessarily have any henchman in the South-Ossetian elections. Many things will become clear on September 20 when South Ossetia will celebrate the anniversary of its independence. The party is going to be attended by Head of Russian President's Administration Sergey Naryshkin and Head of Russian EMERCOM Sergey Shoygu who will visit an economic forum the same day. They are expected to hold meetings with representatives of the local elite in Tskhinval where Moscow will formally state its preferences.

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