Ivanishvili: Interior Minister won't have place in the new government
According to Georgian businessman and now a politician, Bidzina Ivanishvili, current Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili won't enter the new Georgian government to be formed after elections in the country in 2012. As reported by the GHN, Ivanishvili announced this position in an interview, despite the fact that he had previously expressed his satisfaction with the head of the Georgian law enforcement.
"They asked me earlier - if Merabishvili will enter the government? Obviously not. Of course I didn't mean this when I applied to Merabishvili. Key figures of the current government won't enter the new government. They have rendered a "disservice" Saakashvili and they have greatly contributed to the problems that we have today", said the businessman.
He further explained: "The meaning of my appeal to Merabishvili was that if they behave properly and remain until the election within the law - want I want very much - they will be given the opportunity to establish a political party or to do business, or to come up with something else. But they won't be in our government".
Recall, in one of recent interview, Ivanishvili made a number of proposals and recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili. One of these recommendations - "to advise the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili to resign".
"Tell Saakashvili that he should resign, this is his only chance to live in his own country. If Saakashvili does not take this advice into account, then you resign, because for you it's the best way out, and you'll stay decent and honorable man", said Ivanishvili in an interview.
However Ivanishvili characterizes the head of Georgian Interior Ministry as "a good manager, organizer and person with many positive features". "Merabishvili, as a result of great effort, managed to create a good system in the form of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia", said the billionaire. He was amazed that Merabishvili also demonstrated competence in the field of economic development.
As for Saakashvili, in the opinion of the entrepreneur, he is "tired, exhausted and leads himself and country to the abyss".