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The law not written for Georgia’s top brass structures?

17.03.2011  |  17:02

14743.jpegNext week the Cabinet of Georgia will submit its work report to the parliament. During the Cabinet week almost all members of government including Georgian PM Nikoloz Gilauri will deliver speeches in front of deputies. As it turns out, some ministers in the country of the Rose Revolution are not obliged to report on their activities to elected representatives of people. By a strange coincidence, the top brass bloc is untouchable. GeorgiaTimes got more detailed information from Jondi Bagaturia, Kartuli Dasi party leader.


The Cabinet Week in Georgian parliament will start on March 22, its details already discussed with parliamentarians. According to published information, head of the Cabinet Nikoloz Gilauri will be the first to speak followed by members of government in charge of the country's economy. On March 25 Georgian PM will sum up presented reports. Deputies will also have a possibility to assess the information. Basically, it is a standard procedure in any democratic state.

However, some deputies were surprised at being denied direct contact with "top brass" ministers in Georgian government - mainly, with Vano Merabishvili, head of the Interior Minister. Yes, the pitiful economic situation of the country does require thorough discussion. That does not mean however that such issues as suppression of freedom of speech by Georgian law-enforcement bodies should be avoided.

Kartuli Dasi party leader Jondi Bagaturia is unindifferent to the situation believing that the presence of the minister of interior as well as representatives of the prosecutor's office is indispensable. As Bagaturia told GeorgiaTimes, he is going to ask security officials about the investigation into Imedi TV raid that took place in November 2007 when representatives of the Georgian ministry of interior rushed into Imedi offices forcing the TV company to suspend broadcast. Later the company, once property of now late opposition-minded Badri Patarkatsishvili, was taken over by new owners. Coincidentally, after that the programs got filled with praise for the country's authorities. 

Bagaturia reminded that Imedi employees had been accused of a destabilization attempt in the country. However, there has been no progress in the investigation over four years. "The authorities account invasion into Imedi building for the fact that TV company staff was planning a coup. Yet, the eventual "coup" as well as the attack on journalists are not investigated", - Bagaturia emphasized.

As Kartuli Dasi party leader asserts, similar topics as well as other issues connected with unlawful activity of law-enforcement authorities of Georgia must be brought to open discussion. "There are issues that must be discussed in the Cabinet and some questions must be presented live", - the parliamentarian is sure.

He was utterly surprised to learn that the majority of Georgian deputies stated they had no questions for the top brass bloc of the government. "I believe this is one of the situations when the society must draw definite conclusions", - Jondi Bagaturia added.

Silence of deputies, particularly representatives of the parliamentary majority is easily explained. They simply don't want to ruin the cozy world they got in with the help of their deputy mandates. They want to live there forever - even losing personal freedom and possibility to express their personal opinion. No doubt, deputies will let Cabinet ministers feel relaxed during the Cabinet week. Here is a very likely "political forecast" for Georgian government in near future: no awkward issues. The only trouble is that common citizens, blameless as they are, will pay for calmness of the ruling top. 

Maxim Sergeev

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