Reuters North American News Service
Aug 18, 2008 00:45 EST
MOSCOW, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The president of Georgia's separatist region of South Ossetia fired his government on Monday and declared a month-long emergency to cope with the aftermath of an armed conflict with the central government.
President Eduard Kokoity has sharply criticised his cabinet for their performance during the crisis which started on Aug. 8.
"A civil servant is supposed to work for the people, and not use his position for his own benefit," Kokoity said in remarks shown on Russia's state Vesti-24 news channel.