Civilian National Security Organization
In November 1992, the parliament passed a law creating the
Council for National Security and Defense. This body was
accountable to parliament, but, as head of government and
commander in chief of the armed forces, Shevardnadze was council
chairman. Shevardnadze named Ioseliani and Kitovani deputy
chairmen of the council; Tedo Japaridze, top expert on the United
States in the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, became the
chairman's aide. The powers of the council included the right to
issue binding decisions on military and security matters.
In May 1993, Shevardnadze disbanded the council to deprive
Ioseliani and Kitovani of their government power bases. The
council was then reconstituted with Shevardnadze's chairmanship
assuming greater power.
Data as of March 1994