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Opposition wants to 'inaugurate' S. Ossetia self-proclaimed leader

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Supporters of Alla Dzhioyeva who claims to have won South Ossetia's recent runoff presidential elections want to inaugurate the politician as president on December 10, spokesman for Dzhioyeva's staff said on Saturday.

Supporters of Alla Dzhioyeva who claims to have won South Ossetia's recent runoff presidential elections want to inaugurate the politician as president on December 10, spokesman for Dzhioyeva's staff said on Saturday.

"People have decided to inaugurate their people's president, and that's a political rather than a state action," spokesman Mikhail Khanikayev said.

The event will be held at one of Tskhinvali's squares. "If police officers cordon off one of the city's squares, we will hold the inauguration on another one. There will be too many people. All of those who voted for Dzhioyeva, 17,000 people, will come and recognize her as their president," Khanikayev said.

Earlier on Saturday, Dzhioyeva backers called on country's incumbent leader Eduard Kokoity to resign.

Khanikayev said earlier in the day that Dzhioyeva supporters will meet with Sergei Vinokurov, head Kremlin's directorate for interregional relations and cultural contacts. However, the meeting was scratched at the supreme moment.

"Moscow is not ready for talks," Khanikayev explained.

Situation heated up in South Ossetia after November 27 runoff presidential elections. Preliminary results showed that opposition leader Dzhioyeva, also former education minister, won the runoff. But the republic's Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled the elections outcome, citing violations. Dzhioyeva declared herself president and her supporters have been rallying on the central square of the capital Tskhinvali ever since.

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