Monday, August 18, 2008

Dangerous Situation: Moscow Assists in Dismissal of South Ossetian Government

Via RIA Novosti.

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity has dismissed the government of the Georgian breakaway republic and proclaimed a one-month state of emergency, his spokesman said on Monday.

The decrees were signed on Sunday. The state of emergency will last until September 17.

An emergency committee is also to be set up to deal with the aftermath of Georgia's August 8 attack on the de facto independent republic, Kokoity told Russia's Vesti-24 television. The speaker of the separatist parliament, Znaur Gassiyev, has been appointed its head.

Boris Chochiev has been named as acting prime minister. Chochiev, a former South Ossetian vice-premier, will replace Yuri Morozov. The reasons for Morozov's dismissal were not specified.

More here.

Note: This is looking very dangerous, especially given other reports from Russian media. -ferg


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