South Ossetia set for political shake-up

TSKHINVALI, Georgia, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The self-proclaimed president of a breakaway republic of Georgia broke off talks with Russian authorities and said she'd be inaugurated during the weekend.

South Ossetia names new prime minister

MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The South Ossetian Parliament Wednesday confirmed former construction company president Vadim Brovtsev as the country's prime minister.

Russia signs pacts with breakaway regions

MOSCOW, May 1 (UPI) -- Russia signed five-year security agreements Thursday with the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, government officials said.
Russia, S.Ossetia, Abkhazia sign treaty

Russia, S.Ossetia, Abkhazia sign treaty

MOSCOW, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Russia signed friendship and cooperation pacts Wednesday with the breakaway Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

South Ossetia eyeing Russian merger

MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- South Ossetia may merge with Russia following a major military conflict involving Georgia, an official says.
S. Ossetia president sacks government

S. Ossetia president sacks government

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity has thrown out the government of the Georgian province and declared a state of emergency, his office said Monday.

S. Ossetia, Abkhazia to seek recognition

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers from South Ossetia and Abkhazia will travel to Moscow to discuss recognition of the breakaway regions, the South Ossetian leader said.

S. Ossetia seeks recognition of genocide

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The breakaway region of South Ossetia will push for international recognition of genocide against its people, republic President Eduard Kokoity said.

Georgia targets breakaway S. Ossetia

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Georgian troops reportedly laid siege late Thursday to the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

3 die in S. Ossetia-Georgian skirmish

TBILISI, Georgia, July 4 (UPI) -- Three people died and 11 were injured when Georgian forces fired on Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway republic South Ossetia, officials said.

S. Ossetia wants Russian air cover

MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The president of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia says he would like Russia to provide air defense.

South Ossetia blocks highway

TBILISI, Georgia, May 11 (UPI) -- South Ossetia authorities blocked the Transcaucasian highway Friday and said the action will continue until Georgia removes unsanctioned police posts.

Georgian region votes independence

TSKHINVALI, Georgia, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- South Ossetia's newly elected president listed the region's independence from Georgia and integration with Russia as his top priorities.

Georgia PM may meet rebel leader

TBILISI, Georgia, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity may meet this week, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.
Eduard 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)

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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