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TSKHINVAL, December 1 (Itar-Tass) — An event very important for the development of the situation in South Ossetia is to occur in the republic’s capital on Thursday.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted a cassation appeal of ex-presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva against the decision to recognise the presidential election null and void. However, Supreme Court Chairman Atsamaz Bichenov said that “the complaint will be registered in the morning on December 1, and at the same time its consideration within the period established by the procedure will be appointed.” Previously, it was the Supreme Court that invalidated the results of the presidential election in which, according to preliminary data, Dzhioyeva won. However, it was her supporters that have committed offenses during the voting, which could affect the outcome of the vote.
Meanwhile, Dzhioyeva announced to her supporters, who are protesting in front of the government building, to start negotiations with the authorities of South Ossetia with the participation of Russian representatives. The statement was preceded by a meeting of the ex-candidate with the republic’s State Security Committee Chairman Boris Attoyev.
Earlier, information came from the president’s administration that the head of the RF president’s department for interregional and cultural relations with foreign countries, Sergei Vinokurov, arrived in the republic. The South Ossetian president’s administration said that Russia’s representative will take part in the settlement of the situation. Sources in the republic’s government said that the purpose of the visit is to assist in settling the political crisis that emerged in South Ossetia. Vinokurov is planning to hold talks with President Eduard Kokoity, and former candidates for the post of South Ossetia’s president - Anatoly Bibilov and Alla Dzhioyeva, the government sources said. Dzhioyeva commented on this saying that she is engaged in “a constructive dialogue with Russia,” aimed at resolving the crisis situation in the republic. According to local news agencies, the political consultations process is planned to be continued on Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the South Ossetian parliament appealed to the citizens of the country with a request “not to exacerbate tensions.” “The parliament of South Ossetia appeals to you, esteemed fellow citizens, to show prudence and consciousness: the rallies only widen the rift in the society and do not solve political problems. It is necessary through negotiations between the parties to reach a mutually acceptable solution,” the document notes, in particular. “Today, in essence, the destiny of our country is being decided - whether South Ossetia will take the development path or be mired in civil confrontation.”
Dzhioyeva also urged the people to go home and “not to yield to the calls to storm (the government building) made by provocateurs.” “We have nobody to storm. There are also our guys there,” she told the crowd. “We’re going home to gain strength, and will discuss everything in the morning,” the politician told her supporters. The latter listened to the words of their leader and began to move off from the square in front of the government building.
Earlier, Alla Dzhioyeva’s supporters 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 except for firing warning shots in the air if the protesters try to storm the government building,” the president said.