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South Ossetia holds parliamentary election

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The Russian-backed rebel region of South Ossetia goes to the polls today.

Separatist leader Eduard Kokoity is expected to cement his grip on power nine months after an invasion by Georgia as it attempted to re-take control of the region. The opposition says Kokoity wants to change the constitution so that he can run for a third term in 2011. An overwhelming success in the parliamentary election would help him achieve that aim.