Tbilisi: Election officials in Georgia`s breakaway province of South Ossetia say a presidential election is a tie, setting the stage for a runoff.
Election commission head Bella Pliyeva said on Monday that Anatoly Bibilov, the emergencies minister who has the support of Russia`s dominant pro-Kremlin party, and former education minister Alla Dzhioyeva each won about 25 percent of the vote Sunday.
They will go head-to-head in a runoff to be held in two weeks.
South Ossetia has been led since 2001 by Eduard Kokoity, who is stepping down after two terms.
All 11 candidates in the race called for close ties with Russia, which recognized South Ossetia as an independent state after the brief 2008 Russian-Georgian war and still has troops in the region.