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Tskhinval under the thumb

15.11.2011  |  11:49

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The first round of presidential elections has ended in South Ossetia. Emergencies Minister Anatoly Bibilov and former Education Minister of the Republic Alla Dzhioeva continue to fight for the presidency. In an interview to GeorgiaTimes, Ambassador of South Ossetia in Russia Dmitry Medoyev told about the voting and said that Tskhinval has set an example for many of its neighbors, which, despite the loud slogans, do not have democratic plebiscites.


Elections in South Ossetia, to some degree, have become sensational. Getting of oppositionist Alla Dzhioeva into the second round was expected only by her ardent supporters. It was assumed that the main struggle will be between Anatoly Bibilov, vice-mayor of Tskhinval Alan Kotayev, the head of the State Communications Committee George Kabisov and director of Tskhinval Bread Plant Vadim Tskhovrebov. But Alla Dzhioeva has managed to hook into the harsh struggle of men and to cause a sensation.

Only a few dozen votes separates Bibilov from Dzhioeva: participants of the second round have scored 25.44% and 25.37% percent of votes. This result can be called a failure for the head of the South Ossetian Emergencies Ministry. He was called a "creature of the Kremlin", though, he rather enjoyed the support of certain political circles in Moscow. Former president of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity has also voiced his desire to give his vote for Bibilov. Moreover, the closer election was, the more members of the local beau monde have joined the camp of the candidate. The choice of many of them shocked society, since some today's friends of Minister for Emergency Situations were seen on the other side earlier. Leader of the "Forward, Ossetia" Albert Dzhussoev, the oppositionists Roland Kelekhsaev, Vyacheslav Gobozov, another contender for the presidency Alan Kochiyev ... Their slender choir was to proclaim rare for the republic unity of the people with different political views.

But all these people have rather tripped up Anatolia Bibilov, instead of supporting. The people of the republic have not believed representatives of the opposition, who have suddenly shown a liking for the candidate of the ruling party. On the streets of Tskhinval, there was disturbed discussion: how could the people, hating "damned Kokoity regime", make a deal with a person from the president's team? As a result, the support of the opposition played against the head of the Emergencies Ministry, and most importantly - against themselves. You can surely say that their political career with the rank of independent players has been ignominiously completed.

Alla Dzhioeva, by contrast, became the winner. Opponents of the authorities, unhappy with the "collaborationist" behavior of their former leaders, went on her side. She is already using in her electoral campaign images of very popular in the country Dzambolat Tedeyev and Anatoly Barankevich, which differ sharply criticism of the former president and his team. Now the ex-minister of education can become a leader of opposition. And in the future - first president of the fair sex in Caucasus.

However, no matter who wins, the main result of the vote was not the success of some candidates and the failure of others, but the honesty and transparency. In an interview to GeorgiaTimes, Ambassador of South Ossetia Dmitry Medoyev noted that the republic's citizens were able to fully exercise their constitutional right and voted for those who are considered worthy to occupy the presidency. "Of course, these elections are very important for us. Since getting the independence, we elect the head of state for first time, and it puts a special mark on this election campaign. I'm sure, now we're writing an important page of the modern history of our country. The past elections become the milestone, necessary to empower the state of South Ossetia", he said.

"South Ossetia follows the letter and spirit of our constitution, laws, in accordance with international law. The most important thing for us - is the activity of citizens, who have confirmed that they respect their country and laws", the diplomat added.

Dmitry Medoyev also stressed that very difficult times await any of the winning candidates: they must strengthen the foundations of constitutional order in South Ossetia to "restore the country from the ruins and to build a decent life".

Maxim Sergeev

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