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Emergencies minister Bibilov leads presidential race in S Ossetia

October 26, 2011, 17:37 UTC+3

Some 550 respondents participated in the sociological survey on October 15-16

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TSKHINVAL, October 26 (Itar-Tass) —— South Ossetian Minister of Emergency Situations Anatoly Bibilov is leading in the presidential race in the Republic of South Ossetia, according to the sociological survey results. Some 25% of voters are ready to vote for “South Ossetian Shoigu” in the republic, the public opinion poll results showed. The South Ossetian Public Opinion initiative group has conducted the public opinion poll on October 15-16.

Bibilov’s closest rival is the chief of a bakery Vadim Tsovrebov, for which 8.3% of eligible voters are ready to vote. The former education minister Alla Dzhioyeva can hope for five percent of votes. Tskhinval Vice-Mayor Alan Kotayev may get 4.35 of votes. The chief of the abolished Social Democratic Party Dmitry Tasoyev gained a potential support of 4.1% of votes. The chairman of the state committee of information, telecommunications and mass communications Georgy Kabisov may hope for three percent of votes.

Some 19.1 percent of pollsters remained undecided, whereas about the same percentage refused to answer the question.

Some 550 respondents participated in the sociological survey on October 15-16.

The trust of republican citizens in the authorities was also put up for the survey. The Ministry of Emergency Situations (19%) enjoys the highest trust, the Interior Ministry (12%) and the presidential administration (11%).

The South Ossetian presidential elections are scheduled for November 13.

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