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TSKHINVAL, November 30 (Itar-Tass) —— The supporters of opposition candidate Alla Dzhioyeva did not let South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity speak in front of the government headquarters in Tskhinval on Wednesday, November 30.
They shouted him down with “Shame!” and “Go!” cries and chanted “Alla”.
Kokoity came out to the crowd and said only several sentences, calling for “consolidation” and asking the people to leave, but had to stop this speech short and go back to the government building after the hostile reaction from the protesters.
Kokoity said he has been meeting Dzhioyeva’s supporters and other former presidential candidates during the day. “A constructive dialogue is underway. We asked for time to consult them and to ease tension. We take into account the opinion of all candidates. And our main goal is to avoid armed confrontation. As commander-in-chief, I ordered that weapons be not used expected for firing warning shots in the air if the protesters try to storm the government building,” the president said.
Despite a snowfall, hundreds of people stay in the square, demanding that the Supreme Court’s decision proclaiming the results of the November 27 presidential elections invalid.
Dzhioyeva filed a complaint with the Supreme Court.
The complaint was prompted by “85 percent of protocols from polling stations certified, among others, by [presidential candidate] Anatoly Bibilov’s representatives, and by conclusions made by international observers about the absence of irregularities during voting that could have affected the outcome of the elections, and the Central Election Commission chairman’s announcement that the elections were valid”, Dzhioyeva said.
The Supreme Court of South Ossetia said it would consider the complaint in the morning of December 1.
Supreme Court Chairman Atsamaz Bichenov met with Dzhioyeva earlier in the day to inform her that he would not change his decision on the invalidity of the presidential elections.
Bichenov suggested that Dzhioyeva go to court and file a complaint.
Dzhioyeva’s lawyer delivered a cassaional complaint to him on November 30.
“We can say that the court has accepted the complaint,” Bichenov said.
“Since the working day is over, the complaint will be registered in the morning of December 1 and scheduled for consideration within the period of time prescribed by the existing procedural rules,” he said.
Dzhioyeva appeared to be dissatisfied by the decision and insisted that the complaint be considered immediately.
Meanwhile, South Ossetians, who came to the central square in front of the government headquarters in Tskhinval in the morning, said they would not leave until the Supreme Court cancels its decision.
Dzhioyeva earlier asked her supporters to go home, but people refused to leave. A rumour is circulated among the protesters that incumbent South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity has ordered a revision of the court ruling.
South Ossetian and North Ossetian bloggers are running online reports from snow-swept Tskhinval on Twitter and Facebook and have already dubbed the situation in South Ossetia “snow revolution”.