Georgia

South Ossetia presidential goes to a second round


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Presidential elections in the disputed territory of South Ossetia were inconclusive on Sunday and will go to a second round scheduled for 27th November.

The second round will be between Emergency Minister Anatoly Bibilov who took 25.44% of the vote in the first round and a former education minister, Alla Dzhioyeva who won 25.37% of the vote. All other candidates polled less than 10% of the vote.

Bibilov had been backed by the outgoing president, Eduard Kokoity, and the Kremlin and it was a surprise for most observers that he failed to break through in the first round. Turnout was 67.5%.

Inevitably Georgia has not recognised the elections and the United States has said that the elections were illegitimate.

On the same day as the first round of voting, South Ossetians voted in a referendum by 83.99% in favour of making Russian the state language.

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