Monday, April 9, 2012

Leonid Tibilov

Leonid Tibilov (born 28 March 1952 in Verkhny Dvan, Znaur district) is a South Ossetian politician who is the President-elect of South Ossetia after winning the 2012 South Ossetian presidential election.

Leonid Tibilov is a former head of the KGB in South Ossetia from 1992 to 1998. He was then a first deputy prime minister and co-chaired a Georgian-Ossetian peacekeeping commission. Tibilov stood at the 2006 presidential election losing to Eduard Kokoity, who won 98% of the vote.

Before the 2012 election Tibilov distanced himself from the outgoing President Eduard Kokoity. Tibilov is reported to be loyal to Russia and pledged to consult Russia before appointing a government if he was successful at the election.

In the first round of the 2012 Presidential election, Tibilov received 42.5% of the vote to lead David Sanakoyev. In the second round Tibilov was elected president with 54% of the vote.

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