South Ossetian opposition enrages ruling party by labeling latter's policies 'pro-Georgian', 'pro-Western'
In South Ossetia, the ruling United Ossetia political party found itself offended by statements to the press, made some time ago by the former President of the republic and now leading opposition leader Eduard Kokoity.
In an interview with the Russian edition of Anna News, he sharply condemned the politics of the ruling party and accused the current president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, and parliamentary speaker Peter Gassiev of pro-Georgian and pro-Western policies.
In the same interview, Kokoity said he intended to fight for the presidency of South Ossetia and expressed his conviction that the ruling party was doomed to be defeated in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
The interview was given in early April 2018, but United Ossetia reacted to it only now. The ruling party said that Kokoity started his election campaign with this interview and asked the Prosecutor General’s Office and the KGB to give an appropriate assessment of the statements and accusations of former President Eduard Kokoity.
The statement of United Ossetia states that: “Eduard Kokoity makes dubious, sometimes anti-Russian statements about individual political figures, and in his assessments departs from reality.”
“Many of Kokoity’s statements, his judgments and his characterization of individuals can be perceived as a splash of hidden resentment. Accusations of pro-Georgian sentiments are considered by us to be the most serious, and he will have to answer for his words before the court,” the statement said.