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SOssetia parliament's decision angers Opposition

December 14, 2011, 15:29 UTC+3

"The decision was expected," said Sergei Zasseyev, a supporter of former presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva

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TSKHINVAL, December 14 (Itar-Tass) — The Opposition in the republic of South Ossetia may launch new protest actions, following the parliament's decision to keep the prosecutor general and the chairman of the Supreme Court in office.

"The decision was expected," said Sergei Zasseyev, a supporter of former presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva. "Given our parliament's bias, we suspected it might fail to meet one of the basic provisions of the compromise agreement."

People might take to the streets in protest again, Zasseyev said, adding that it his opinion, it would be the wrong move. "Russia remains the guarantor of the meeting of the terms of the agreement, so it is up to Russia to handle these problems now," he noted.

Leader of South Ossetia's Communists Stanislav Kochiyev criticized the parliament’s decision. He said the parliament had to make not so much a legal decision as political. "The parliament should not have refused to meet the provision of the agreement, concluded with so much effort," Kochiyev said.

Acting parliament speaker Zurab Kokoyev disagrees: some points of the agreement concerning the parliament do not belong to the competence of the president and the parliament made its own decision, guided by the effective legislation."

The resignation of the prosecutor general and the Supreme Court chairman was part of the compromise between outgoing President Kokoity and Opposition leader Dzhioyeva.

Eduard Kokoity fired Deputy Prosecutor General Eldar Kokoity. He stepped down himself and acknowledged Dzhioyeva's right to participate in repeat election.

For her part, Alla Dzhioyeva acknowledged the parliament's decision to set a new date for the presidential election for March 25, 2012 and persuaded her followers to stop street protests.


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