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TSKHINVAL, January 21 (Itar-Tass) — About 100 people have gathered in South Ossetia to support former presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva.
Dzhioyeva reiterated that she did not recognise the presidential elections scheduled for March 25.
“I don’t recognise the presidential elections set for March 25, 2012. I don’t intend to take part in them,” Dzhioyeva said. “If we don’t receive an answer [from acting president Vadim Brovtsev] till January 23, I’ll ask you to gather once again in order to appoint the inauguration,” she added.
Earlier, Dzhioyeva sent a letter to the South Ossetian acting president. She said she calls back her signature for the agreement, “On Joint Actions on the Settlement of the Political Crisis in South Ossetia”. The agreement was signed with former South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity.
Political circles in republic discussed Dzhioyeva’s ultimatum. The People’s Party faction demanded the parliament gather for an extraordinary session to devolve power on Dzhioyeva because “this is an attempt of unlawful take-over and can be considered the gravest crime”. The Russian ambassador, who is guarantor of the implementation of the agreement, is planned to be invited at the session.
Meanwhile, Dzhioyeva is starting to prevent the plans of her supporter – senior coach of the Russian freestyle wrestling team Dzambolat Tedeyev. According to Friday reports, Tedeyev has tried to become presidential candidate and take part in the March 25 elections. The Central Election Commission said, “We got a notification under which the initiative group nominated Tedeyev.”
Last autumn the CEC refused to register Tedeyev’s candidacy because of inconsistency with residence requirement.
“This information is true. I am constantly asked whether this fact will hamper my coaching. I will continue to work with the national team – one thing does not impede another. Today any person can go on vacations. This is a private business what he will do during the vacations – whether he will have some rest or run for presidency. For the past 11 years I did not go on vacations at all, therefore, as any citizen I have the full right for this,” Tedeyev noted.
The next major international competition for the Russian freestyle wrestling team is the European Championship in Belgrade on March 6-11.
At the same time, the Central Election Commission toughen regulations for presidential candidates. On January 13, the CEC passed a resolution under which presidential candidates should pass an exam on presidential candidates’ ability to speak two state languages in the republic – Ossetian and Russian.
According to South Ossetian parliament deputy Gennady Kokoyev, the CEC resolution “will damp ardour of certain presidential candidates whose educational level doesn’t conform to their high position”.