South Ossetian presidential election goes to second round
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||26 March 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, South Ossetian presidential election goes to second round, 26 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f7d634928.html [accessed 25 April 2014]|
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