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Prime Minister nominates a knockout candidate

30.04.2013  |  15:15

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Yesterday, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said that he had no hope to establish relationships with one of his Ministers. However, Ivanishvili did not mention the name of the Minister with whom he cannot find a common language and to whom he has a claim. Expert opinions about who will be eliminated from the new ruling team are greatly different. So who is this disgraced Minister who may soon prove to be an outsider in the Cabinet of Ivanishvili?


"At one time, you will learn about all the current issues ... If, God grant, the issues are solved positively, I tell you whom I meant. If they are resolved the worst way, you learn it anyway. I have not much hope that we can put everything in order," said Ivanishvili. The journalists raised this question talking to all the politicians they could. Thus, at a planned meeting with the Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze they also raised the question: "And who is this mysterious Minister?" to which Pandzhikidze replied that she had no assumptions in this regard, and if the Prime Minister wants to open more, he'll do it.

Recall the recent results of a poll conducted by the NDI (American National Democratic Institute). The NDI identified ratings of the politicians of Georgian government. The most modest of them - the Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani - has become the most popular member of the Cabinet. She is followed by the Defense Minister Irakli Alasania and Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili. Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze took the ninth place in popularity, and one of the favorites of the Prime Minister Giorgi Margvelashvily took the tenth place. In the "tail" of the ranking list there are Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili, State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili and David Darakhvelidze dealing with the problems of refugees.

Independent expert views on this issue differ. The main difficulty is that no one can say what the arguments of Bidzina Ivanishvili are: if he's guided by objective indicators of work of a certain agency or personal reasons.

In an interview with GeorgiaTimes an expert Nika Chitadze said he feared that this "unwanted" Minister may be Alasania. "This does not mean that the quality of his work is low. Instead, he has a lot of experience. Under the government of Shevardnadze, being the Deputy Minister of Security, Alasania carried out a brilliant operation in the Pankisi Gorge. He is also actively collaborating with the civil sector. So, for example, tomorrow we - experts on international affairs - were invited to the event dedicated to the Day of the Armed Forces. It can be that the Prime Minister follows interpersonal relationships in the first place. And with Alasania they failed to settle relations from the beginning. We how remember the Prime Minister dismissed Alasania from the post of Deputy Prime Minister for the reason that he had discussed the nomination for president with the members of his party without agreeing the matter with the Prime Minister. I do not see a reason for resentment. Sooner or later Ivanishvili would have learned that. But if we exclude personal relationships between Ivanishvili and the Ministers and think about who may become an outsider for objective reasons, then, I think the Prime Minister has a reason to be dissatisfied with the situation in economics and finance - Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Nodar Khaduri. These areas are the most weak today," said the expert Nika Chitadze.

Another independent expert Soso Tsiskarishvili believes the topic unworthy discussion. And the important thing is that now all the Ministers have to keep eyes open, to analyze themselves and their work trying to answer the question of whether he can appear an outsider.

Answering the question of whether this "mysterious" Minister with a bad reputation is Alasania, president of the club of independent experts said that in this case it is likely to be a scandal, rather than simple displacement of one Minister from office.

In turn, the expert Soso Tsintsadze said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes that the situation was too difficult to estimate. "You know, judging by the difficulty of the area and inefficiency of the work done, we should first name the Department of Agriculture. Considering how much money has been invested in this area since the beginning of the year (and it is a very substantial sum - up to 1 billion), the effect of Agricultural Ministry cannot be regarded as adequate. And the Prime Minister expected a lot from this area. Ivanishvili has every reason to be dissatisfied with the banking and insurance industries. But the "sword of Damocles," in my opinion, still hangs over the Agriculture Minister David Kirvalidze," said Soso Tsintsadze.

As for the estimating the words of the Prime Minister in terms of political inconsistencies, he could talk about Alasania. "But here the business relationships are sacrificed to politics," said the expert. "One is the adherent of a presidential republic, the other sees the future of Georgia as a parliamentary republic. They often sound radically opposed to assess a particular issue."


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