Serbia's president sacks army chief of staff

Serbia's President Boris Tadic on Tuesday sacked the army chief of staff, who had criticised defence policy and spending.

Serbia's president sacks army chief of staff
"The president has used his constitutional powers to command the army and appoint, dismiss and promote officers," Tadic's office said in a brief statement announcing the dismissal of General Zdravko Ponos.

It did not say why Ponos, who became army chief in 2006, was relieved of his duties, but said he would be replaced by general Miloje Miletic until a new chief was appointed.

Last week, Ponos accused the government in an interview with Politika daily of not having a defence strategy and said the Defence Ministry was spending taxpayers' money uncontrollably.

To show his disagreement with the official policy, Ponos refused to attend the annual reception hosted by Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac and advised his subordinates to boycott the event, Belgrade media reported.

"Different opinions and personal disputes must be put aside when it comes to strategy matters," Tadic said in an interview to the state television RTS late on Monday.

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