TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A candidate who claims victory in the presidential election in Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia has been hospitalized after a police raid on her headquarters.
Former Education Minister Alla Dzhioyeva has rejected a court ruling annulling her apparent victory in the presidential vote in November and set her inauguration for Friday.
In an apparent effort to thwart the move, riot police late Thursday raided Dzhioyeva's headquarters in the provincial capital, Tskhinvali. The local government said in a statement that Dzhioyeva was hospitalized in serious condition after the raid.
Dzhioyeva and her Kremlin-backed rival in November's election both advocated close ties with Russia, which recognized South Ossetia as an independent state after the brief 2008 Russian-Georgian war and still has troops in the region.