Communist Party of South Ossetia
|Continental affiliation||Union of Communist Parties – Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
The Communist Party of South Ossetia (Ossetian: Хуссар Ирыстоны Коммунистон парти [Hussar Irystony Kommuniston parti], Georgian: კომუნისტური პარტიის სამხრეთ ოსეთის, Russian: Коммунистическая партия Южной Осетии) is a communist political party in South Ossetia. The party was founded in 1993. As of 2004, the party claimed a membership of 1500. The party seeks recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia.
KPYO is led by Stanislav Kochiev, who is also chairman and speaker of the South Ossetian Parliament. Yulia Tekhova is the deputy secretary of the party.
In the South Ossetian presidential elections of November–December 2001, Kochiev collected 24% of the votes in the first round of the elections on November 18 and 40% in the second round on December 6, arriving second after Eduard Kokoity.
In the South Ossetian parliamentary elections of May 2004, KPYO won 24.7% of the popular vote and 4 out of 34 seats.
In the 2006 presidential election, the party supported the incumbent Eduard Kokoity. However, the party declared that it didn't support all policies of the government.
The party is affiliated to the Union of Communist Parties-Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- Hughes, J., & Sasse, G. (2002). Ethnicity and territory in the former Soviet Union: regions in conflict. The Cass series in regional and federal studies. London: F. Cass. p. 218