Eduard Kokoity

Eduard Kokoyty
Кокойты Эдуард
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President of South Ossetia
In office
18 December 2001 – 10 December 2011
Prime MinisterGerasim Khugayev
Igor Sanakoyev
Zurab Kokoyev (Acting)
Yury Morozov
Boris Chochiev (Acting)
Aslanbek Bulatsev
Vadim Brovtsev
Preceded byLyudvig Chibirov
Succeeded byVadim Brovtsev (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1964-10-31) 31 October 1964 (age 54)
Tskhinvali, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
(now de jure Georgia, de facto South Ossetia)
Political partyUnity Party
Spouse(s)Madina Tolparova

Eduard Dzhabeyevich Kokoyty (Ossetian: Кокойты Джабейы фырт Эдуард, Kokojty Džabejy fyrt Eduard; born 31 October 1964) is the former President of South Ossetia.[note 1] His term in office lasted just under ten years, beginning December 2001 and ending December 2011.

Early life

Eduard Kokoyty (Ossetian: Кокойты Джабейы фырт Эдуард, Kokojty Džabejy fyrt Eduard; Russian: Эдуа́рд Джабе́евич Коко́йты, Eduard Dzhabeyevich Kokoyty; Georgian: ედუარდ ჯაბეს ძე კოკოითი, Eduard Jabes dze K'ok'oiti; surname also rendered as Kokoity or Kokoyti or in a Russified version as Russian: Коко́ев, Kokoyev) was born in Tskhinvali, in the Georgian SSR, a part of the Soviet Union at the time. He was a member, and champion, of the Soviet Union's national wrestling team. Prior to 1989, he was the First Secretary of the Tskhinvali branch of the Komsomol, the Young Communist League. He moved to Moscow in 1992, where he became a businessman, after learning about capitalism. In 2001, he moved back to South Ossetia.