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Opposition Party To Be Established In South Ossetia

TBILISI -- A new opposition party is being organized in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus Service reports.

The party, called Iron, is led by Timur Tskhovrebov, the editor in chief of the independent newspaper "21st Century." He told RFE/RL that his party's major goal is to create a political dialogue within the self-proclaimed republic.

Tskhovrebov said "we think we can do things much better than the current authorities in South Ossetia; those who proclaimed the republic turned out to be incompetent politicians."

He added that too many foreigners have been coming to South Ossetia recently and taking jobs away from locals.

Tskhovrebov said "we can improve the situation without taking any radical measures, operating within the framework of the law."

South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, declared their independence in August 2008 after a five-day military conflict between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia.

Russia then recognized the regions as independent states.