On April 21, in the Republic of South Ossetia, the inauguration of the President of the country, Anatoly Bibilov, took place. The delegations of the Russian Federation, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Republic of Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and several regions of the North Caucasus visited the ceremony.
The People’s Republic of Donetsk was represented by the Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov, Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova. Also the wife of the Head of the DPR Natalia Zakharchenko visited the solemn event as part of the delegation.
A testimonial was read from the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic on the occasion of the President’s inauguration.
“From the very beginning of the Donbass people’s struggle for independence, the Republic of South Ossetia has always been a faithful companion and team-mate for us. We highly value the friendship and fraternal relations between our states.
From myself and from the entire Donetsk People’s Republic, I once again want to congratulate you on the confident victory in the elections, won in an honest and worthy struggle.
There have been changes of a historical character – people have chosen you not just as their leader, but as the leader of the new, promising and rapidly developing State of Alania. This is a sign of great trust and, at the same time, a huge responsibility. You have a difficult path ahead, but you have a reliable guide on it – this is the people that unconditionally supports you.
First of all, I wish you and all the people of the State of Alania to achieve the main goal – unification with our common great Homeland – Russia! Knowing your professionalism, dedication and boundless devotion to your native land, I am sure that even the most ambitious tasks will be solved in the shortest possible time.
Dear Mr.Bibilov, I wish you strength and patience in your work at your new office, devoted team alongside and success in all your endeavors. May God keep the people and the land of the State of Alania!” the text of Alexander Zakharchenko’s congratulation said.
Let us remember, the presidential elections were held on April 9, 2017, victory in which was secured by Anatoly Bibilov – 54.8% of citizens voted for him. Yaroslav Konnikov, MPs of the DPR People’s Council, Miroslav Rudenko, Alla Obolenskaya, Sergey Prokopenko were present at the elections as international observers.
The referendum, during which the issue of changing the official name of the country, the Republic of South Ossetia, to the State of Alania, was also put to the popular vote, and also took place on the day of the presidential elections.