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Opposition demands fair elections in South Ossetia

2011-09-08 15:10

A conference "For the democratic and peaceful elections and for the future of South Ossetia", organized by the representatives of South Ossetian opposition, was held in Vladikavkaz.

As reported by "Echo of the Caucasus", despite the extensive list of guests who were included - the top officials of the Russian Federation and representatives of the official Tskhinval, the event was attended mostly by opponents of the current president of South Ossetia and two MPs of North Ossetia.

At the conference they discussed the challenges of the election campaign in South Ossetia. Representatives of the opposition once again asked to abolish the residency requirement, which acts in the country, and criticized the government's decision to replace the South Ossetian passports during the pre-election period. Also they held an election of board of the Public Committee "For the democratic elections in South Ossetia" which chairman was elected well-known businessman Albert Dzhussoev.

Recall, the presidential elections in South Ossetia are scheduled for November 13, 2011.

Note also, the current head of state Eduard Kokoity has repeatedly noted that he would not run for office for the next election.

"I've kept all the promises I gave in 2001" - he said.

The president added that he didn't intend to change the Constitution "by itself" so as to obtain the right to go for a third presidential term.

"There are young, talented people who can lead the republic for a future among the political elite of South Ossetia" - said Kokoity.

Eduard Kokoity was first elected president of South Ossetia in 2001. Subsequently, he won re-election to that post in 2006.

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