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article imageFormer KGB agent wins South Ossetia election

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By Paul Iddon     Apr 8, 2012 in Politics
South Ossetia the breakaway region from Georgia has held a run-off vote to elect a leader following months of political turmoil.
As reported by Reuters, AFP and France 24 the run-off vote has seen the former head of the regional KGB in South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov elected with 53.67% of the vote.
Mr. Tibilov was head of the KGB there from 1992 until 1998 when he became first deputy prime minister and was the co-chairman of the Georgian-Ossetian peacekeeping commission. He stood in the 2006 presidential election within the region losing miserably to his opponent whom got 98% of the vote.
He is said to be very loyal to Russia and had pledged that if victorious he would consult Moscow before appointing his government.
He reiterated this loyalty today when he stated that:
"We will develop the relationship with Russia in all areas. We are aiming to make an old dream about the reunification of South and North Ossetia a reality."
South Ossetia -- along with Abkhazia -- was recognized as an independent state by Moscow following the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. Russia still maintains a heavy military presence in the tiny impoverished region.
South Ossetia has seen recent political turmoil last November when the victory of Alla Dzhioyeva an opposition candidate was declared invalid in court leading to 10 days of street rallies protesting against what they perceived as an injustice. Dzhioyeva herself has not registered for the present repeat election. Allegations have stated that during her long stay in hospital she was reportedly beaten and forcibly detained.
Georgia has asserted that the election is merely a sham.
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