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S Ossetian acting president considers Dzhioyeva’s actions destabilising

January 21, 2012, 20:53 UTC+3

Earlier, Dzhioyeva demanded Vadim Brovtsev hand over power and threaten to hold her own inauguration

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TSKHINVAL, January 21 (Itar-Tass) — South Ossetian acting President Vadim Brovtsev described actions by former presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva as a destabilising factor.

Dzhioyeva’s arguments have no juridical or moral grounds, the presidential press service reported on Saturday. The fact that Dzhioyeva revoked the signature on the agreement on joint actions in the political settlement of the crisis in South Ossetia is named as “unconstructive and timeserving. Such actions are aimed at destabilising the internal situation in the republic ahead of the rerun presidential election”.

“The key goal of the agreement – stabilisation of the domestic situation in the republic and resumption of the dialogue between the authorities and the opposition – has been achieved. Dzhioyeva’s arguments to revoke the signature on the agreement has no juridical and moral grounds,” the report says.

According to it, in the name of the president, as in power for the time being, the South Ossetian leadership fulfilled the conditions of the agreement. The parliament appointed the date of rerun elections and the South Ossetian society has begun living in compliance with the new political calendar.

“Under these circumstances, Dzhioyeva’s demarche looks like an attempt to wreck the political settlement in the republic and is capable of causing irreparable damage to South Ossetia’s statehood,” the report says.

Earlier, Dzhioyeva demanded Brovtsev hand over power and threaten to hold her own inauguration.

“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.

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.

At the same time, the Central Election Commission toughens 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”.


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