One letter: the President of South Ossetia went to Putin and lost


At the election of the President of South Ossetia, held on 10 April, won by the Chairman of the Parliament of the partially recognized Republic Anatoly Bibilov. According to preliminary data, he received 57,98% of the vote, said the CEC. Incumbent President Leonid Tibilov, who held the post since 2012, has received a second result is voted for by 30% of voters. Third place was taken by a KGB officer Alan Gagloev (of 11.01%). The turnout was 81%.

78% of voters also supported the introduction of the equivalent of the name South Ossetia — Alania State.

Win the second time

Tibilov’s chances for re-election was considered high. In the pre-election surveys named him the favorite close to the Kremlin, the Center for political conjuncture. The first elections Leonid Tibilov has won in 2012 to lead the country after the political crisis of 2011. On South Ossetia that led to this crisis the 2011 elections Bibilov was the favorite of Moscow, but lost to opposition leader Alla Dzhioeva. After her victory and the refusal of former President Eduard Kokoity to leave his post, the country began protests. As a result of talks involving Moscow officials, it was decided to hold new elections in which neither dzhioyeva nor Bibilov did not participate.

After his defeat in the presidential elections of 2011 and the forced rejection of the nomination for re-election Bibilov was able to prove the validity of their political ambitions. In 2012, he ostentatiously left the party “Unity”, headed by Eduard Kokoity, to create their own political movement. In the 2014 parliamentary elections, his new party “United Ossetia” won, and he took the post of speaker of Parliament, describes the political path of the former Minister of emergency situations of the Center for political conjuncture.

On Sunday’s elections Bibilov was a program in which promised closer ties with Russia and economic growth. To ensure the growth of employment and incomes, according to him, is possible due to the development of agriculture.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has declared to journalists that the Kremlin welcomes the elections in South Ossetia and says that they have been competitive and democratic. “Even more pleasing is the fact that the main competition was conducted between the two candidates who are strong supporters of close relations of South Ossetia with the Russian Federation”, — noticed Sands.

Before the election, both main candidates visited Moscow. 21 Mar Tibilov met with Putin who wished him luck in the elections. But Bibilov on 24 March visited the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

The victory of Bibilov should not be a surprise, said the coordinator of the working group of the Center for the study of Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of Oriental studies, Alexander Skakov. Win the Chairman of the Parliament provided the protest electorate, who saw no possibility of its development in the Republic, as well as supporters of ex-President Eduard Kokoity, who was not admitted to the elections, the expert explains.

Moscow was satisfied with the victory as the incumbent President, and the President of the Parliament, the Director of the Center for political conjuncture Alexei Chesnakov.

Future with Russia

The situation in the country is calm, said in the middle of the day on 10 April, the Ministry of internal Affairs of South Ossetia. Bibilov called on their supporters gathered last night in the building of the CEC, to disperse.

“This is the people’s choice, we have a reasonable approach to the choice of the people”, — commented on the message the electoral Commission about their own defeat Leonid Tibilov.

“The vector of relations (with Russia) will not change, it will be increasingly expanded. All the rest is domestic policy, breaking anything will not” — said Bibilov in an interview with TASS. The winning candidate said he was ready to work together with their opponents and did not rule out that his team will be invited Kokoity, who, after refusal to register for the presidential elections began to bring people out to the meetings and encouraged to vote for Bibilov.

Bibilov said that in the first place, work will start on improving the welfare of citizens. Bibilov believes it is necessary to separate the powers of Parliament and the President. “The first thing to be done is adopted a law that will divide the responsibilities of the legislature and the President”, — he said.

Speaking about relations with Russia, the situation in South Ossetia reminds the Abkhaz, said Skakov between Russia and the two republics signed a Treaty of Alliance, but many of its provisions were to be implemented through a separate agreement, and their signing is being delayed due to harmonization. That each of the parties to defend their interests, it is not surprising, however, to expedite the process, the expert notes.

Georgia the results of this election, and the independence of South Ossetia, does not recognize. Presidential elections and the referendum on the renaming of the Republic have nothing to do with international law, said Minister of Georgia for European-Atlantic integration Victor Dolidze.

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