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MOSCOW, April 10 (Itar-Tass World Service) —— South Ossetia – a country, which is recognised partially, and which Georgia still considers its territory, - announced the winner of the presidential campaign. Former head of KGB Leonid Tibilov with 54 percent of the vote. His competitor David Sanakoyev received by 10 percent fewer votes. He acknowledged the defeat and congratulated Tibilov with the victory. Thus, over is the republic’s political crisis, which emerged after the earlier election, which was denounced. However, experts say the new power will have to do a lot to avoid a new face-off.
Supporters of David Sanakoyev were depressed, though they realised: in order to score even 42 percent without having major support or money, a candidate needs a miracle, the Kommersant said. and he did so – now experts say the young politician has every chance to make a career. And he has started it already by announcing he is organising a new party. However, Sinakoyev supporters fear “non-formal” group of a well-known athlete Dzambolat Tedeyev may obtain the power. Earlier, the group brought Eduard Kotoity to the power. But Leonid Tibilov shortly before the election told the newspaper he had not promised any positions to anyone and that his support of candidature of Tedeyev is the athlete’s personal issue. The most important thing is that many politicians in South Ossetia realise: the civil confrontation, emerged by the election in November, is not over. “The society is split,” opposing Roland Kelekhsayev, supporting Leonid Tibilov, said. “The new president will have to begin from the very beginning.”
Experts say Leonid Tibilov has managed an important thing – he, not being in the opposition, managed to unite around him the opposing forces, which earlier could not find common grounds. They are not only athlete Tedeyev, but also a Moscow businessman Albert Dzhussoyev, and South Ossetia’s opposition, which supported Alla Dzhioyeva in November. However uniting the opposing forces is not enough, Roland Kelekhsayev is sure, not it is necessary to unite the entire society, and there should be special lifts, should be understanding that the power is open for a dialogue and is ready to correct mistakes.
The Novye Izvestia publishes an interview with South Ossetia’s President-Elect. He told the newspaper he plans to use the potential of Alla Dzhioyeva, who considers herself the winner of the previous presidential election and who has claimed she would be judging about the new power by its first steps. Tibilov said Dzhioyeva had been a minister of education, but chose to abstain from offering the position to her once again.