Breakaway South Ossetia rolled out military vehicles and troops to guard its de facto government building on December 1, yet this time it had nothing to do with the Georgian-Russian feud over this tiny land. Rather, the region's separatist regime is protecting itself from other separatists.
The intramural tensions escalated after South Ossetia's de facto authorities cancelled results from the November 27 runoff for the region's de facto presidential poll; results that gave opposition candidate Alla Jioyeva the lead over establishment candidate Anatoliy Bibilov, the Kremlin favorite.
The outcome came as a serious humiliation for Moscow, which keeps South Ossetia under its political and military patronage, but failed to see its guy put in charge after two consecutive attempts.
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