The current president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, admitted his defeat in the elections on May 8 and wished his political opponent Alan Gagloev good luck as the country’s leader.
“I believe that the elections took place. I congratulate Alan Gagloev and wish him good luck,” TASS quotes him as saying.
In South Ossetia, the second round of presidential elections took place, in which the current head of the republic, Anatoly Bibibov, and the leader of the Nykhas party, Alan Gagloev, fought for the post. By the close of the polling stations at 20:00 Moscow time, the turnout was 68.2%. According to the country’s Central Election Commission, after processing 18% of the protocols, Gagloev is in the lead with 59.21% of the votes, while Bilibov received 37%.
On April 10, the first round of presidential elections took place in South Ossetia. The elections were declared valid, the turnout was 74.28%. 36.9% of those who voted (10,705 people) voted for Alan Gagloev, 33.5% (9,706 people) for Anatoly Bibilov.
On March 30, Bibilov announced that in the near future the republic would take legal steps to become part of Russia. According to him, unification with the Russian Federation is a strategic goal of South Ossetia. At the same time, the press secretary of the head of the republic, Dina Gassiyeva, said that the referendum would probably take place after the presidential elections in South Ossetia.