Stanislav Kochiev

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Stanislav Jakovlevich Kochiev (Ossetian: Кошты Яковы фырт Станислав, Georgian: სტანისლავ კოჩიევი, Russian: Станисла́в Я́ковлевич Ко́чиев; born 7 April 1954 in Kurta, Tskhinval district, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union), is a South Ossetian politician, who is a former presidential candidate and the chairman (speaker) of the Parliament of South Ossetia.[1]

Kochiev was born in Kurta, and went to school in Tskhinvali, where he attended the state pedagogical institute. He graduated in 1977 and went to work as a high school history teacher. In 1980, Kochiev joined the local branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, where he became head of the ideological department in 1988.[1]

In 1991, after South Ossetia's declaration of independence, Kochiyev headed the Committee on National Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Press.[1]

Kochiev was elected first secretary (leader) of the Communist Party of South Ossetia, the party he still leads today. First elected into parliament in the 1990 election, he has been a member ever since, becoming the parliament's speaker in 1999.[1] In the 2004 election, the Communist Party was defeated and Kochiev was replaced as speaker with Znaur Gassiev. Although the Communist Party did not fare much better in the 2009 election, Kochiev was once again elected speaker.[2]

In the presidential election of 2001, Kochiev finished second with 25% of the vote, necessitating a runoff against Eduard Kokoity.[3] Kochiev lost the runoff 40% to 53%.[4]

Kochiev is married and has one daughter.[1]

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Preceded by
Kosta Dzugaev
Chairman of the Parliament of South Ossetia
1999 - 2004
Succeeded by
Znaur Gassiev
Preceded by
Znaur Gassiev
Chairman of the Parliament of South Ossetia
2009 - 2011
Succeeded by
Zurab Kokoyev
Acting
Preceded by
Zurab Kokoyev
Acting
Chairman of the Parliament of South Ossetia
2012 - present
Incumbent