Georgian defense minister Vardiko Nadibaidze underwent emergency surgery in a Tbilisi urological ward on November 21, and will stay on medical leave for an as yet unspecified period. The First Deputy Minister Zurab Meparishvili said that Nadibaidze had been complaining of health problems for some time. Meparishvili has taken over as acting minister for the duration of Nadibaidze’s absence. (Russian agencies, November 21)
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