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New Cabinet for New Premier?

2008-11-06 09:36

"Cosmetic" reorganization of Georgia's Cabinet of Ministers and the question of trust to the new government is the number one issue for the people of the country and the Georgian press.


Today Parliamentary factions and committees are going to discuss candidates of the new Head of Government and the ministers presented by the President as well as the government program. On Saturday the legislative authority at its extraordinary session is planning to declare trust to the renovated Cabinet of Ministers. The Opposition has already attacked doubtful personnel reshuffle in the executive authority structure. So Salome Zurabishvili, ex Head of Georgia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, who is now among the opposition, points out: "It is strange that after the war with the political situation being very complicated an inexperienced person is appointed Prime Minister". She means Grigol Mgaloblishvili.

The old core of the Cabinet remains practically unchanged. Only a few Ministries will have new leaders. Though the word "new" is rather relative: the post of the Minister of Justice will be taken up by Zurab Adeishvili after a five-year pause; Coba Subeliani is coming back in his seat of the State Minister for Refugees and Resettlement after he left it just five months ago.

Unlike them Georgу Khachidze will have a new role: the governor of Samtskhe-Javakheti region will be in charge of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. Among the promoted there is a vice Head of the diplomatic office Grigol Vashadze that from now on will be the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Sports and Monument Protection. It is noteworthy that his namesake Grigol Mgaloblishvili turned to premiership from the diplomatic path. Analysts in Tbilisi express an opinion that lately it is becoming increasingly difficult to forecast and comment on the President's decisions. According to BBC, expert for economic issues Georgy Khukhashvili says that nobody in Tbilisi has heard of Grigol Mgaloblishvili's merits and his experience in solving economic problems. The problem however is not in the personalities - it has a system nature. "In the situation of a crisis that struck the whole country it is crucial to have a compass and if there is none it is not important who is there at the wheel, - anyway he will not be able to navigate the ship in the right direction", - the expert assures. Meanwhile in Georgia it is doubtless that the candidature of Prime Minister and the new composition of the government will be approved by the Parliament with its dominant majority. The country has already got use to shifts in power structures, Premiers here are changed like gloves", so the people are almost sure that the authorities again are going to create a vision of the coming changes in the eyes of international observers.

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