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State Minister Yakobashvili may be dismissed2010-11-22 17:08
Temur Yakobashvili may soon turn into former State Minister for Reintegration. He has been recently rumoured to be going to take up the post of Georgian Ambassador to the USA. The fault of the highly creative politician is so far unclear, for the state minister has been steadily succeeding in imitating heavy action. It will be much more difficult for him to demonstrate his outstanding readiness of speech as an ambassador to the USA.
If Yakobashvili goes halfway around the world, observers will still remember the latest gem he produced while talking to journalists. The minister compared his ministry's activity to an act of masturbation, having thus acquired a stable image of "the Great Masturbator".
Temur Yakobashvili came into politics from advertising business, which was especially meaningful, for he was supposed to sell the reintegration strategy to Europe: a colourful empty wrapping. Only a connoisseur of advertising technologies is capable of that, and Yakobashvili almost succeeded. He went even farther: having opened an empty box in front of the buyer's eyes, the minister proved that there was good stock inside, which was absolutely unnecessary to look at.
He will hardly be capable of such tricks as an ambassador. Americans are utterly pragmatic people and do not generally believe in tales. However, Yakobashvili's boss, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, initially assigned an impossible mission to him: find a common language with the Abkhaz and Ossetians and simultaneously call them "puppets". Even an experienced advertising expert like the Georgian state minister is incapable of fulfilling the task.
Anyway, Yakobashvili has been working hard for the whole of three years that Ministry for Reintegration has been functioning. He developed the Occupied Territories Integration Strategy for Abkhazia and South Ossetia but the main point was that being a high-skilled booster, Yakobashvili managed to organize successful promotion of the Strategy abroad. He took it to various countries. There is not a single international organization that hasn't heard about it, not a single forum or platform that would not discuss it.
Yakobashvili's activities cost the Georgian taxpayers a lot. The ministry's annual budget is one of the biggest in the Georgian government: it is only the power departments that demand more. Still, his fiefdom is sure to pay for itself, for the real purpose of the Strategy is to push the international foundations and organizations to providing new grants. One can be sure that these grants will flow like a river to Georgia.
All in all, the state minister has exhausted himself at his post. The Strategy promotion is over and maintaining tenure would mean a slow end for his political career. Yakobashvili has made the best of his post, so criticism will gradually devour this promising talkative politician.
Yakobashvili's possible dismissal has already incited a lot of rumours. He is said to decide to leave his post freely in connection with the reduced sponsorship of his Strategy. If that's true, Tbilisi authorities are somehow pragmatic, for the minister for reintegration has not made a single step forward in achieving the aims stipulated in the document he created.
The Strategy could not have been implemented without the participation of the citizens of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Besides, they do not regard themselves as residents of the occupied territories, especially as puppets secretly manipulated by Russia.