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.