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Georgia furious as South Ossetia gets KGB president


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Georgia furious as South Ossetia gets KGB president

Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia has a new president following the inauguration of Leonid Tibilov, a former KGB security chief.

The Russian backed candidate won a repeat election after the results of a poll last November, won by an opposition candidate were annulled.

Georgia described the election as illegal.

A mountainous region of about 30,000 people, South Ossetia has been at the heart of Georgia’s bitter relations with Russia since breaking from Georgian control in a war in the 1990s.

Moscow recognised it as an independent nation after a brief war with Georgia in 2008. Internationally it is only recognised by Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Pacific nation of Nauru.

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