South Os­se­tia holds pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

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TBIL­ISI | Ge­or­gia’s break­away prov­ince of South Os­se­tia tried again Sun­day to elect a pres­i­dent af­ter a dis­puted Novem­ber elec­tion was an­nulled by a lo­cal court.

The four can­di­dates were all new, and none was con­sid­ered a clear fa­vorite. The ap­par­ent win­ner of the Novem­ber vote, Alla Dzhioyeva, was legally barred from run­ning again, and her Krem­lin-backed ri­val de­cided against a sec­ond at­tempt.

South Os­se­tia has close ties with Rus­sia, which rec­og­nized it as an in­de­pen­dent state af­ter the 2008 Rus­sianGe­or­gian war and still has troops there. The elec­tion was not ex­pected to weaken those ties.

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