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Georgia’s government: dismissals, resignations and appointments2008-12-08 17:50
Experts and political analysts who are not part of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's circle believe that Saakashvili has taken an unexpected, enforced and impulsive step by dismissing the government, which he had presented for confirmation by the parliament only a month ago. And he did this because he wanted to get the better of Irakli Alasania, who resigned from his post as Georgia's permanent representative in the UN, in the information campaign.
"Saakashvili wanted to prove to everyone that Alasania didn't resign by himself, but was dismissed," believes one of the leaders of the New Right party Mamuka Katsitadze.
According to him, he was personally informed of Alasania's resignation on Friday morning, when even in the corridors of power there was no mention of any imminent personnel changes.
"We were expecting that Saakashvili would do something to obscure this fact that was undoubtedly unpleasant for him, and Saakashvili, who was clearly in agony, took this inappropriate decision," remarked Katsitadze on the ‘Barrier' programme on the ‘Kavkasia' TV channel.
According to him, the decision to follow the dismissal of the foreign minister with that of all her deputies and all diplomats is inappropriate and unprecedented.
"In no other country in the world would the dismissal of the foreign minister result in the obligatory dismissal of all ministry officials and all ambassadors, and having been presented in the ministerial post Grigol Vashadze followed his superiors' instructions by making a statement that all ambassadors would have to tender their resignation," noted Katsitadze.
He thinks that this statement confirms that Saakashvili dismissed all the ministers and ambassadors in order to demonstrate to society that he sacked Irakli Alasania.
"This dismissal was so unexpected for the government that its chain of personnel has completely unravelled," noted the politician.
The leader of the "Party of the future" Gia Maisashvili agrees, thinking that Saakashvili's rule is founded entirely on impulses - impulsive reactions and impulsive decisions.
"Saakashvili is intoxicated, he has become infected with narcissism. Just as Yeltsin did in his time, he has dismissed his cabinet of ministers, forgetting that by reshuffling the government the sum of its parts does not change," said Maisashvili.
He compared the current Georgian government with a ship that has suffered some holes on the open ocean and is sinking.
"Many of its officials are deserting the sinking ship - Burjanadze, Nogaideli, earlier Okurashvili did this, and others will desert it, but no new idea, no new trends should be expected from these people," believes Maisashvili.
The military expert and journalist Koba Liklikadze also noted that the dismissal of the government was caused by Irakli Alasania's protest. Liklikadze expressed bewilderment at Prime Minister Grigol Mlagoblishvili's statements that the new ministers will instil new blood and new energy into the government.
"I don't understand why a new government means new blood. After all, the same figures are still there - Grigol Vashadze and Nika Gvaramia. Here as in Ryazanov's films, there are more questions than answers. I think that by appointing Bata Kutelia acting defence minister rather than minister, Saakashvili is cherishing the hope that on Irakli Alasania's return to Tbilisi he will be able to persuade him to take up the post of defence minister," noted Liklikadze.