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South Ossetian president Ed uard Kokoity resigns ahead of schedule

December 12, 2011, 14:50 UTC+3
Experts are certain that this is only a temporary solution to the conflict
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MOSCOW, December 12 (Itar-Tass) — In accordance with the crisis settlement agreement signed in Tskhinval, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity resigned ahead of schedule. His term of office officially expires next spring. However, the winner of the election Alla Dzhioyeva has also not been named the head of state. Experts are certain that this is only a temporary solution to the conflict.

A compromise was reached on the night to December 10, writes Kommersant. President Kokoity and Alla Dzhioyeva with mediation of the representative of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Vinokurov, signed an agreement under which the opposition was to move their supporters from the square “as soon as possible” after the president’s resignation, and Alla Dzhioyeva, contrary to the decision of the Supreme Court, was allowed to run at a new presidential election. The agreement also spelled out the resignation of the president’s comrades-in-arms - Prosecutor General Taimuraz Khugayev, Deputy Prosecutor General Eldar Kokoyev and head of the Supreme Court Atsamaz Bichenov. And a representative of the opposition was guaranteed the post of deputy prime minister - until the new election scheduled for March 25.

However, it became clear from Kokoity's farewell speech that, resigning from office, he is not going away from South Ossetian policy, Novye Izvestiya writes. He pointedly thanked security officials for what he described as “a victory over the orange threat,” announced a series of new appointments, which looked very strange for the outgoing president, and most importantly, made a meaningful commitment “to prevent crime coming to power.” Saying crime Kokoity invariably refers to the opposition mastermind Dzhambolat Tedeyev.

In accordance with the crisis settlement agreement signed in Tskhinval, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity has resigned, Moskovsky Komsomolets writes. However, the opposition refused to leave Teatralnaya Square. A non-stop rally is still ongoing there. On Saturday evening, Alla Dzhioyeva recalled her signature from the agreement, arguing that her opponents are not going to comply with it in the full volume.

It seemed on Saturday afternoon that the political crisis in South Ossetia was safely settled: Eduard Kokoity agreed at last to retire, Alla Dzhioyeva promised to take her supporters from the square. The sides also agreed on holding a repeat election on March 25 and about who will be acting president until then. As the Moscow intermediaries wanted, current Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev will be the republic’s acting head. The protesters in the square began to dismantle their tents, and Kokoity really resigned, in which many refused to believe until the last minute. And this became the main sensation of the day.

However, before his resignation the ex-president had the time to sign documents on the formation of the Constitutional Court, which has not existed until now in South Ossetia. And he appointed Deputy Prosecutor General Eldar Kokoyev as the first judge of the court. However, Kokoyev’s resignation was laid down as one of the conditions of the agreement. Kokoity also said that he signed a decree appointing commander of the OMON special police force Merab Pukhayev as Deputy Prime Minister. Under the agreement, the deputy prime minister’s post was to be given to one of Dzhioyeva’s supporters, and the government has only one such vacancy. It seems that Dzhioyeva and her companions are being plainly “cheated,” believes the newspaper.

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