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Russian President Medvedev meets with Abkhazian leader Bagapsh and South Ossetian counterpart Kokoity
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) stands with South Ossetian separatist leader Eduard Kokoity after a signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow on September 17, 2008. Russia has signed new treaties of friendship and cooperation with Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
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Eduard Dzhabeyevich Kokoity (Ossetic: Кокойты Джабейы фырт Эдуард, Russian: Эдуа́рд Джабе́евич Коко́йты, Georgian: ედუარდ კოკოითი; surname also rendered as Kokoyty or Kokoiti or in a Russified version as Kokoyev) (born October 31, 1964, Tskhinvali, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is the President of South Ossetia.

Eduard Kokoity was born on October 31, 1964 in Tskhinvali, in the Georgian SSR, a part of the Soviet Union at the time. Kokoity was a member, and champion, of the Soviet Union's national wrestling team. Prior to 1989, he was the First Secretary of the Tskhinvali branch of the Komsomol, the Young Communist League. He moved to Moscow in 1992, where he became a businessman, after learning about capitalism. In 2001, he moved back to South Ossetia.

Kokoity was elected president, at the age of 38, with a majority in the presidential elections of November-December 2001. In the first round of the elections on November 18, 2001, he collected 45% of the vote, with Stanislav Kochiev collecting 24%, and incumbent Lyudvig Chibirov collecting 21%. In the Second and final round, he won 53% of the vote to Stanislav Kochiev's 40% on December 6. Kokoity assumed office on December 18, 2001.

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