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New Cabinet to be considered today2009-02-02 13:32
The new Cabinet will be considered at today's meeting of the Bureau of the Parliament. According to Georgiy Khuroshvili, the parliamentary secretary of the government, only the PM and the Minister of Finance will be changed, and the two new Ministers: for Penitentiary; and of Regional development and Infrastructure, will be introduced. Other Ministers will keep their posts.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As it is already known, Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, named Nikolai Gilauri, the First Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, as the new PM. Gilauri's legal successor to the Minister of Finance is his First Deputy, Kakha Baindurashvili.
David Tkeshelashili, the present-day State Minister on Regional Governance will be appointed the Minister of Regional Development. Ekaterina Zguladze was expected to be appointed the Minister for Penitentiary, but today news came that the post will be occupied by some representative from the non-governmental sector. Details will be available after the meeting.
The Parliament will discuss the new Cabinet at the committee meetings, then - at the fraction meetings, then the issue will again be discussed at the bureau meeting, on Friday it will be discussed at the plenary meeting, in the first hearing. At the first meeting the President will present his annual report on the government work.
The representatives of the parliamentary majority claim they will not support the new Cabinet.
According to Georgiy Targamadze, the minority leader, the government of Georgia makes an ungrounded decision to establish two new ministries, whereas other countries optimize their state structures due to global financial crisis.
At present moment the government of Georgia comprises the PM, 4 State Ministers and 13 Ministers; after the new cabinet is passed it will comprise 19 persons: the PM, 3 State Ministers and 15 Ministers.
As it is widely known, last Friday Grigol Mgaloblihvili, the PM, submitted resignation. Later that day Mikheil Saakashvili officially named the Minister of Finance, Nikolai Gilauri, the new PM.