Who is interested in the split of the South-Ossetian society?22.04.2009 | 17:12
Until recently, this question was put to the chairman of the party that lost the election to the previous parliament, Vyacheslav Gobozov, head of "Phydybasta". Now the same question can be put to another politician Roland Kelekhsaev, leader of the "People's party" wing unrecognized by the Central election commission (CEC), who has suddenly turned into an oppositionist. Yesterday he filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the Republic of South Ossetia.
The CEC of South Ossetia declared that the "People's party" headed by Kazimir Pliev is competent for taking part in the election to Republican parliament, as IA RES reports. Therefore, the list of parties submitted by the previous leader Roland Kelekhsaev was rejected, and a renewed political organization is going to participate in the election on May, 31.
The idea of such manoeuvre was that the two parts of the same party held party meetings on April, 8 and April, 10 without telling it to each other. Those, who preferred the "previous" leader, met earlier. Head of the party was out of the Republic at the time. According to Regnum, Roland Kelekhsaev and his family took shelter in North Ossetia, fearing "the threats addressed to his person".
Two days later, having failed to reach the vanished politician by telephone supporters of Kazimir Pliev, who, according to Kelekhsaev, had never been on the "People's party" rolls, held a meeting as well. Meanwhile, militia officers detained several people in the "old" "People's party" campaign headquarters. Referring to one of the candidates for deputy, "Kavkazskiy uzel" reported that the MIA officers were searching for the armed people, who had been planning a coup. However, Valeri Valiev, Minister of the Interior, has refuted this information in his interview to IA Regnum. "The party has nothing to do with that... We are just carrying out our scheduled activities, working on one of the murder cases", - Valiev said. If we do not brush aside every possible version we could suppose that the members of the "old" party are somehow associated with the criminal environment as long as the investigation has brought militia to their office.
Department of Justice, where the CEC has applied to consult on the two lists of the parties made a reply that since April,13, according to the documents available at the department and according to the Minutes of the meeting held on April, 10 the chairman of the party is Kazimir Pliev. "Department of Justice does not define the legality or illegality of the meeting; it is defined strictly in a judicial proceeding, and only in that way", - a representative of the Justice Department observed.
As a matter of fact, registering a party under the same name is not at all a new way to eliminate the competitors. But then, in case of "People's party", who and for what purpose would be interested in outlawing Roland Kelekhsaev, the founder of this political organization? Russian newspaper "Commersant" gives an unambiguous answer: Kazimir Pliev, the new chairman of the party, is Eduard Kokoity's henchman. According to Kelekhsaev, new members of the party loyal to the government have earlier belonged to the Union of National Defenders. He said that this organization could not take part in the election for the reason of not being registered as a party. Even if it got registered in the Justice Department right now, it would not stand the one-year qualification requirement established for the parties. As the newspaper's interlocutor believes, that is the reason why Kokoity has allowed his associates to make use of the "People's party" widely promoted brand.
Now there is a question: is this "People's party" really that popular in South Ossetia so as such intricate plots would be weaved around it? It has only two (!) deputies currently working in the existing parliament - Kelekhsaev himself and Sergey Zassev. No one has so far heard of any initiatives on their part, nor of any criticism addressed to the President. Until this scandal, of course. Now the oppositional Russian media have run up Kelekhsaev's name, who is offended by authorities, as a flag. "Our party is so far the only one openly opposing to any changes in the constitution and Kokoity's permission to remain at post for the third term. The "hand-made" parliament formed after the election may at any time ask Kokoity for the third term, and he will have himself convinced", - these are the words of a politician, whom "Commersant" is calling "an oppositionist".