Ex-KGB boss wins prez election in South Ossetia


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Salon Staff
April 9, 2012 10:27AM (UTC)

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A former KGB chief has scored a victory in the runoff presidential election in Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia.

Local election commission chief Bella Pliyeva said Monday that a full vote count showed Leonid Tibilov won with 54 percent of the vote. His rival, presidential human rights commissioner David Sanakoyev trailed with 42 percent.

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The mountainous province broke away from Georgia in a war in the early 1990s. Spiraling tensions between Georgia and pro-Russian separatists triggered the August 2008 war, in which Russian troops routed the Georgian military in five days of fighting.

Only a handful of other countries have followed Russia in recognizing South Ossetia's independence.


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