|3rd President of South Ossetia|
19 April 2012 – 21 April 2017
|Prime Minister||Vadim Brovtsev
|Preceded by||Vadim Brovtsev (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Anatoliy Bibilov|
28 March 1951 |
Verkhny Dvan, Georgian SSR, USSR
(now South Ossetia)
Leonid Tibilov (Ossetian: Тыбылты Харитъоны фырт Леонид, Tybylty Xarithony fyrt Leonid; Russian: Леонид Харитонович Тибилов, Leonid Kharitonovich Tibilov; Georgian: ლეონიდ თიბილოვი, Leonid Tibilovi; born 28 March 1951 in Verkhny Dvan, Znaur district) is a South Ossetian politician who was the President of South Ossetia after winning the 2012 South Ossetian presidential election.
Leonid Tibilov headed 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 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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