Winner Of S. Ossetian Election Hospitalized


Salon Staff
February 10, 2012 1:00PM (UTC)

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.

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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.


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