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South Ossetian declares herself president
South Ossetian opposition candidate declares herself president despite vote's annulment
By The Associated Press

TSKHINVALI, Georgia (AP) ' Government troops fired warning shots in the air as hundreds rallied to support a presidential candidate whose apparent victory over a Kremlin-backed rival was annulled in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia.

The soldiers that surrounded the main government building in the separatist capital of Tskhinvali fired the shots Wednesday as Alla Dzhioyeva's supporters approached while chanting her name and "Justice!"

An anti-corruption crusader, Dzhioyeva declared herself president of South Ossetia early Wednesday after she led with about 57 percent of Sunday's run-off vote with ballots from 74 of the 85 precincts counted.

Her announcement followed Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the results of the election due to alleged violations.

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