Re: 'Russia is fighting a war with us': Georgian presidentAug 28th, 2008
No, this will do for now......Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
"Presidential election in South Ossetia, an unrecognized republic within Georgia, was held on November 12, 2006, coinciding with the South Ossetian independence referendum. Incumbent Eduard Kokoity was seeking a second full five-year term. He was re-elected with more than 98.1%. According to the de facto authorities, the election was monitored by a team of 34 international observers from Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden and other countries at 78 polling stations. The Ukrainian delegation was led by Nataliya Vitrenko of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine. The election process was criticised by local civic society and the results were likely to be inflated."
^ So they hold their own elections, which were monitored by other nations such as Germany, Austria, Poland and Sweden...... I don't see anything claiming of people not being allowed to vote just yet. There is questions in regards to inflated results of the 98.1% win..... but then again, most politicians in our own countries would love to have that sort of count behind them, so it would seem unrealistic to them that someone would win that much....... but then again, maybe that amount of the population really wants to seperate after all.
They seem to be holding their own democratic processes and government.... sounds like they're not wanting to be a part of Georgia apparently.
"Voters were also to answer a...
Just read the whole article on South Ossettia. The Alternate election had an equally high turn out and support.
Notice 2 facts:
1.) The presidential elections in South Ossetia don't include asking those people in the region who aren't Ossetian, mixed villages don't get to vote.
2.) The "South Ossetian Government" doesn't include all of South Ossettia, but they want all of South Ossetia to seperate even though they don't actually run the place in any way shape or form.
3.) Those second elections lead to clashes between areas of South Ossettia under seperatist control and those areas they tried to annex to "unify" south ossettia.
This led to georgia leading its own skirmishes and raids.
leading to increased russian presence
leading to invasion
leading to counter-invasion
leading to recognized independance against the wishes of much of South Ossettia.
Thats the situation in nutshell, in someways it does resemble quebec.
One ethnic group wants to seperate, and they decide that other ethni groups who want to seperate from them and stay part of the country are threatened and attempted to annex (much like Quebec thinks the Innu in Northern Quebec should be forced to seperate with them)
This leads to where we are now.