Saakashvili dismisses Army Chief over shortcomings during Georgia-Russia military conflict

Saakashvili dismisses Army Chief over shortcomings during Georgia-Russia military conflict
# 05 November 2008 09:22 (UTC +04:00)
Tbilisi – APA. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has dismissed his Army Chief, Zaza Gogava, following a review of the conflict with Russia in August, APA reports quoting BBC.
Mr Saakashvili said "the enemy" was still at Georgia’s door and he had to address "shortcomings" in the military.
Mr Saakashvili said he wanted to thank Mr Gogava but that following a review of August’s events he had decided that "the shortcomings we uncovered must be eliminated".
"We must not forget that the enemy still stands at our door," he said, in what was taken to be a reference to Russia.
Vladimir Chachibaya has been appointed chief of staff in Mr Gogava’s place, he said.
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