Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 179

The chairman of the Council of Ministers of the unrecognized South Ossetian republic, Vyacheslav Gaborayev, was dismissed from his post yesterday by decision of the Supreme Soviet on the proposal of its chairman, Lyudvig Chibirov. The two are political rivals, and Gaborayev is regarded as especially intransigent on the issue of separation from Georgia. (Interfax, September 25) His release from office leaves Gaborayev free to run against Chibirov in November for South Ossetia’s presidency, which Chibirov and the Supreme Soviet resolved earlier this month to create. Tbilisi has vehemently protested that decision but might see a silver lining in it if Gaborayev loses the presidential election.

Violence Erupts in Yerevan.