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South Ossetian presidential election goes to second round

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 26 March 2012
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March 26, 2012

The election in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region to choose a separatist president looks to be heading for a second round.

Officials said former KGB official Leonid Tibilov got 42 percent of the vote on March 25 – not enough to win in the first round.

Tibilov will face the second-place finisher, separatist human rights official David Sanakoyev, in the April 8 runoff.

Sanakoyev got 25 percent in first round.

It is the second recent attempt to elect a president in Russian-backed South Ossetia, after the results of a November vote were annulled by a court after a Kremlin-backed candidate appeared to lose.

South Ossetia was the spark that led to the brief 2008 Russian-Georgian war.

Russia recognized South Ossetian independence after the war, but only a handful of other countries have done so.

With reporting by AP and AFP

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