South Ossetia holds presidential election
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.