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Concern for education or a PR-campaign?

2009-07-15 14:11

3376.jpegThe Georgian opposition is checking Saakashvili's promise to partially yield its power, that is, to yield the positions of deputy heads of the key administrations. A month after this proposal, which was at first publicly refused by the oppositionists, leader of the oppositional Women's Party Guguli Magradze said that she had no objection to taking up the post of the minister of education. The country's authorities are keeping silent...


Guguli Magradze even held a conference on the occasion of adopting this decision. According to GHN, it was the Georgian president's initiative to appoint the Georgian oppositionists to the posts of deputy ministers that forced her to make this step. Magradze is going to submit an application to the president's office together with her CV. "I have got extensive experience in scientific and educational work; I worked both in Georgia and abroad. Now I am waiting for the president to give an answer", - Magradze stated.

"Should the authorities refuse my offer it will mean that Saakashvili's initiative was an ordinary PR-campaign", - leader of the Women's Party underlined. To some extent, the very decision of Magradze's is also a PR-campaign, for there is no doubt that the opposition is intended to reveal the authorities' unwillingness to keep to its promises in advance of the arrival of the US Vice President Joseph Biden.

Leader of the Way of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili never got the post of the deputy minister of MIA, though her initiative had been approved by the president himself. He said that "he would be glad to support" the desire of the former minister of foreign affairs of Georgia to take up the post of the deputy minister of internal affairs. A day later, as soon as Salome Zurabishvili promised to handle the cases of political prisoners and the oppositionists' arrests, the parliamentarians immediately made a step back.

They strongly recommended Zurabishvili who had formerly headed the Georgian MFA to be more serious in order to deserve the post of the deputy head of MIA. As the ruling majority stated, "if Mrs.Zurabishvili is going to attend her office during the day and then go to the meetings in the evening, thus aggravating the current situation, we will deny her office, of course. However, if she assumes the responsibility of normal work in the ministry, then, our offer remains in force". Eventually, Zurabishvili never got the promised office. As to Mikhail Nikolaevitch, he chose not to apologize for having broken his word.

Considering the fact that scandals in Georgia have become a sort of tradition and the amount of accusations has become excessive, this story was soon forgotten.

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