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TSKHINVAL, June 08. /ITAR-TASS/. The party United Ossetia is leading in the parliamentary elections held in the Caucasian republic of South Ossetia on Sunday, the republic’s Central Election Commission told Itar-Tass, citing preliminary results.
Thus, after counting of 31.08% of votes, United Ossetia is scoring 44.11% of the vote. Second is the party People’s Unity with 16.43%, which is followed by the People’s Party (7.54%). Next are Unity (6.58%). New Ossetia (6.6%), Nykhas (6.21%), the Communist Party (4.91%), Fydybasta (4.73%), and the party Rodina (Motherland) (3.12%).
Final results of the voting will be announced with five days. The first session of the new parliament will be held within two weeks after the voting results are announced. At its first session, the parliament will elect the speaker.
The 34-seat South Ossetian parliament is elected for a term of five years under the proportional system. Nine parties are vied for parliamentary seats. To have a parliament representation, a party needs to get over the seven-percent barrier. Elections will be announced valid in case the voter turnout exceeds 50%.