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Shuffling the personnel pack

2010-03-17 15:52

5586.jpegThe scandal with the TV piece about the staged war broadcasted by the Imedi TV channel has not yet faded away and another one is on the verge of breaking out. This is a specific trait of the national policy, which, anyway, seems to be based upon the principle of "no day without a scandal". The coming frenzy is concentrated around the Georgian media possessing a unique ability of taking over "someone else's" job, that is, of making politics instead of just covering the processes. As the people have noticed a long time ago, the rumours appearing in the media have got the tendency to be confirmed in a while.


Today, the Georgian media assert that there is certain coolness between President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili and the grey eminence of the Georgian politics, the almighty Head of the Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili. Thus, according to the Georgian media, one should expect more personnel reshuffle in the government. The Georgians have got accustomed to the personnel replacements a long time ago. The ministers are changed several times a year. The journalists that publish backstage information are seldom mistaken. The same thing happened in 2008 when the president practically replaced the whole Cabinet of Ministers. Neither were the journalists wrong when they foretold the mess around the ministers' seats in 2009.

And now the Kviris Khronica Tbilisian newspaper reports that Mikhail Saakashvili has got more surprises, so the shifts in the government are inevitable. According to the newspaper, Prime Minister Nika Gilauri will be appointed back to the post of Minister of Finance, while Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava is going to be appointed head of the government. Is such trick really possible, considering the fact that the main fight for the mayor's seat between the authorities and the opposition is coming in May? Should one swap horses in mid-stream? According to Kviris Khronica, the candidate of the Christian-Democratic Movement party, businessman Gia Chanturia is Gigi Ugulava's "backup pilot" during the coming elections in May 2010 and it is Chanturia whom the authorities are intended to support at the mayor's elections if they see that by that time Ugulava does not have a real chance to win.

Although, things might be different: it is a well-known fact that Mikhail Nikolaevitch is not so kind to those friends who quickly gain score and become his competitors claiming the presidential seat. However, it is Ugulava who is supposed to become Georgia's future president as the most loyal supporter of Mikhail Nikolaevitch. According to the backstage data, Gigi Ugulava is considered to be the grey eminence of the informational policy conducted by the most high-rated companies, such as Rustavi 2 and Imedi. Thus, Imedi's unfortunate broadcast was not accidental. The point is which of the Georgian politicians is going to win the game and what the outcome will be. Either Ugulava will seriously be considered as Saakashvili's successor, or another group of the country's political elite will just grind him to the dust.

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