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Saakashvili crowning Kobalia

2011-01-19 21:25

12493.jpegGeorgian government is the most inconstant government in the world in all senses of the word. Firstly, it is unclear whether Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze offers his go-between services in the settlement of Nagorny Karabakh conflict or not. Secondly, governmental agencies are subject to personnel reforming with enviable periodicity. Although last September press speaker of the Georgian government Niko Mchedishvili assured that there would be no dismissals it was rumoured in January that amazing personnel reshuffling was coming soon.


Most profound changes in the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's team took place in Deceber 2008. Of course, Mishiko was outraged by the results of the Clear Field military operation when he was presented to the world community in most unfavourable light. Despite being helped by American experts in winning the information war, the unlucky fascist still has to handle the consequences of real military actions.

At that time, former Minister of Culture, Monument Protection and Sports Grigol Vashadze was appointed head of MFA, Minister of Education and Science Gia Nodia fell into disfavour and Irakly Alasania, former Georgian Spokesman to the United Nations Organization, handed in resignation. There was much reshuffling indeed, administrations being well shoveled. It is notable, though, that Mr. Vashadze who has not yet assumed office formally has already advised to his predecessor's deputies and ambassadors to hand in resignation "on their own free will". Such recommendation immediately put the newly-appointed minister to Guinness World Records. Indeed, what else is there to boast of for Grigol Nodarovitch so long as he hasn't yet achieved any great success as a diplomat?

At that time, political experts, including those in Georgia, kept repeating that Mikheil Saakashvili's decision to replace practically the entire Cabinet was attributed to the crisis, unreasonable actions during the August 2008 events and was nothing but letting steam off. Nevertheless, time went on, people were not replaced and the hidden fact became obvious: it is not at all important who will hold other posts since there were only three decision-makers in the country - Saakashvili, Merabishvili and Bendukidze.

The only one whom the party in power sacrificed was Gvamaria replaced by Dmitry Shashkin, and Minister of Defense David Sitkharulidze. However, as practice showed, Shashkin's strange decisions still surprise Georgian schoolchildren and students.

However, it was rumoured two years later that the coming personnel reshuffling was going to surprise even the specialists. Last year, the media was shocked by Minister of Health Alexander Kvitashvili's transfer to the post of Acting Rector of Tbilisi State University named after Ivane Javakhishvili. It was then supposed that Minister for Forcibly Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Resettlement and Refugees Koba Subeliani was also going to resign, as well as Goga Khachidze and Nika Rurua.

"I'd like to make a statement by order of the prime minister so as to put an end to the rumours and inform you that there will be no personnel replacements in the government in the nearest future", - Niko Mchedliashvili hurriedly stated then.

However, there is no smoke without fire. In just three months, mass media representatives again started spreading the same rumours. Mr.Khachidze was allegedly going to be replaced by head of administration Giorgy Tskhakaya, while Subeliani was to give his post to Soso Karchaidze. Still, everyone shows interest in a supposition that current Minister of Economic Development Veronika Kobalia will get the seat of the prime minister.

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