South Ossetia presidency vote goes to 2nd round: official

14th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Elections for a new leader of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia will go to a second round after no candidate won a majority of votes, officials said on Monday.

The favourite to win Sunday's polls, pro-Kremlin minister Anatoly Bibilov, was narrowly beaten in the first round by former education minister Alla Dzhioyeva and both will go into the run-off, the central election commission said.

"A second round for the elections of the president of the republic of South Ossetia will take place," the commission said. The new poll should take place within 15 days of the final results being published.

According to results published by the election commission based on 78 out of 86 polling stations, Dzhioyeva won 24.6 percent of the votes and Bibilov 23.8 percent. No other candidate polled more than 10 percent.

Bibilov's failure to win anything close to an overall majority was a shock given his backing from Moscow and outgoing leader Eduard Kokoity.

Whoever wins the leadership of the self-declared statelet of just 70,000 people will be seen as illegitimate by most of the world as its independence is recognised only by Russia and a handful of far-flung states.

© 2011 AFP

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