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Saakashvili's New Prime Minister2012-07-02 14:16
On the threshold of the parliamentary election in Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has appointed his main associate Ivane Merabishvili the Prime Minister of the country. From December 2004, he served as Interior Minister, winning a reputation of a successful reformer and corruption fighter, the Moscow News reported.
"Merabishvili was able to inflict a decisive blow to the corruption and crime. I've known him for many years, he is dedicated and hardworking. I am sure he will be able to put the main enemy of Georgia - unemployment - on the blades", Saakashvili said. Merabishvili has also specified the priorities: employment, rural development and availability of medical care.
The composition of the new government will be submitted to the Parliament today. The Cabinet will include a new post of Minister of State for Employment. According to official figures, unemployment in the country is 15.5%. However, local trade unions claim that 52% of people in Georgia have no job at all, or earn less than the subsistence minimum of $ 95. Now, the former Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri, who worked in this position for over three years, will head the government's Partnership Fund, and will attract foreign investment.
Merabishvili is being considered the most influential minister. In the spring Merabishvili stated he intended to "stay in politics for a long time". He stressed that the rating of the Georgian Interior Ministry was higher than that of the ruling "United National Movement", which gained more than 60% of the vote in 2008 at the latest parliamentary elections, the edition reported.
New Prime Minister of Georgia also outlined the tasks of his government. "The main purpose of my work and my team is to achieve more benefits for the people. It is time when every family in Georgia must feel the result of our development", Merabishvili stated at a joint briefing with former Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri and President Mikheil Saakashvili, which was broadcasted live by the Georgian television.
Merabishvili thanked Saakashvili for the trust and said that the post of prime minister assigned a great responsibility to him, the News-Georgia reported.