What will South Ossetia's de facto parliament look like in the next five years?

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So-called parliamentary elections were held in the occupied Tskhinvali region on June 9, 2024. Seven political unions took part in the illegitimate elections: Nikhas (the ruling party), United Ossetia (the party of former so-called president Bibilov), Communist Party, People's Party, Unity of People, Iri Farni and Unity. According to the reports, voters were brought from Vladikavkaz to vote in illegal elections, including in Akhalgori. The locals say the results of the "elections" are predictable and will end with the ruling party Nikhas and United Ossetia winning the majority of seats.

Preparations for the illegal elections took place in Tskhinvali against the background of restrictions and refusal of registration for political parties. Out of eight candidates who wanted to run for elections from Akhalgori district, the de facto central election commision registered only three candidates. One candidate was refused due to a criminal case, and several others were refused on the pretext of Georgian citizenship. One of the main competitors of the candidate of the Nikhas party, Ilarion Gagiev (former head of the Akhalgori district administration), was told that he had filled out the documents related to income incorrectly. Gagiev did not find this argument convincing. According to the candidates who were refused registration, the de facto central election commision "cleared the way" for the candidate of the Nikhas ruling party.  

The de facto central election commision refused to register parties as well, including the For Justice party of Gary Muldarov, who has had his citizenship stripped of by Russia, and Giorgi Kabisov's party Iron. According to Muldarov, all the documents submitted by the party fully complied with the requirements of the election legislation, and the refusal to register was illegal and anti-democratic. As for Giorgi Kabisov, he was the minister of information and communications of the de facto government, however, he was arrested in 2017 and sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2019 on charges of money laundering, abuse of power and illegal possession of weapons. A month later, his sentence was reduced by a year, and he was finaly released on parole in 2022, after serving four and a half years in the penitentiary. It is worth noting that the mother and the wife of Inal Jabiev, who was killed in the detention center of the de facto police in 2020, came to support Kabisov at the party congress held in April.

The residents of Tskhinvali believe that registration was refused to the parties, with the help of which Gagloev became de facto president. The For Justice party openly announced a boycott of the elections and called on its supporters not to go to the polls. The aim of the boycott was to have less than 50% of the population participating in the elections, a threshold determined by the de facto legislation, and to declare the elections illegitimate, however, to no avail. According to the reports spread at the end of the day, more than 50% of voters took part in the "elections".

The so-called elections held in occupied Tskhinvali are considered illegitimate by the Georgian Government and international community.