|3rd President of South Ossetia|
19 April 2012
|Prime Minister||Vadim Brovtsev
|Preceded by||Vadim Brovtsev (Acting)|
28 March 1952 |
Verkhny Dvan, Georgian SSR, USSR
(now South Ossetia)
Leonid Tibilov (Ossetian: Тыбылты Харитъоны фырт Леонид, Tybylty Xarithony fyrt Leonid; Russian: Леонид Харитонович Тибилов, Georgian: ლეონიდ თიბილოვი; born 28 March 1952 in Verkhny Dvan, Znaur district) is a South Ossetian politician who is the President of South Ossetia after winning the 2012 South Ossetian presidential election.
Leonid Tibilov is a former head of the South Ossetian KGB 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.
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