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Situation in South Ossetia capital calm

November 30, 2011, 12:25 UTC+3

There are no supporters of presidential hopeful Alla Dzhioyeva in the central square; earlier, they planned a protest action at 11:00, Moscow time

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TSKHINVAL, November 30 (Itar-Tass) — The situation in the capital of South Ossetia is calm. There are no supporters of presidential hopeful Alla Dzhioyeva in the deserted snow-covered central square. Earlier, they planned a protest action at 11:00, Moscow time.

Police have tightened security, but the measure was not made due to possible disturbances. Tighter security has been on since the presidential election on November 27.

The republic's Central Election Commission said it would not announce the results of the presidential polls on Sunday. "We're not going to publish or voice the results of the voting at the presidential election on Sunday, because of the Supreme Court's ruling which annulled them," a CEC representative told Itar-Tass.

He said he was surprised with the wish by Alla Dzhioyeva's supporters "to help the CEC announce the results."

"We don't need any help; we're not going to make any illegal actions,' the CEC representative said.

Former presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva said she had not recognized the court's decision and announced herself president on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, her rival Anatoly Bibilov hailed the annulment of the voting results.

"I regard the Court's ruling as fair," Bibilov told Tass, "I've always said I will accept any decision by the Supreme Court, whether it's in my favor or not."

When asked if he would run again in the election, due to take place in two months, Bibilov replied he had not made such a decision yet.

"This decision must be made by those people who have been working together with me: my headquarters and the Party which nominated me."

Chairman of the Supreme Court Atsamaz Bichenov said presidential hopeful Alla Dzhioyeva is "quitting the election process," as the results of the election had been recognized invalid through her fault and through violations of the republic's election law by her supporters.

On Tuesday, some 500 supporters of Dzhioyeva, who was the Opposition candidate, gathered in Tskinval's central square for a rally where they claimed victory.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged all the political forces in the republic to respect the ruling by top government body.


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