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The Parliament of Georgia discussed and approved the new Cabinet2009-02-03 17:50
The hearings of the new Cabinet and governmental program were held today in parliamentary committees. The members of committees on relations with compatriots living abroad; on foreign relations and on European integration held a joint meeting and delivered their speeches.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The speech of Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister, aroused special interest. He spoke of the "illegal recognition of independency of Abkhazia and South Ossetia" and prospective of relations with Russia. Following Vashadze's request, the meeting was held behind closed doors due to confidentiality of the topic.
The MPs acknowledged the plans and opinions of the new Ministers: Dimitri Shashkin, the Minister for Penitentiary and Probation, and Davit Tkeshelashvili, the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure.
The members of the parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security heard and approved the new Cabinet and the new governmental program. Davit Sikharulidze, the candidate for the Minister of Defense, wasn't heard due to his absence in Tbilisi. This morning he departed to Munich to participate in the North Atlantic Council meeting in 26+1 format.
Nikolai Gvaramia, the candidate to the Minister of Education and Science, presented speech at the joint meeting of the Committees on Education; Science and Culture; Sport and Youth Affairs, and acknowledged the MPs with the changes he intends to conduct in the education sphere. The priority of 2008 was restoration of the educational sphere infrastructure, the priority of 2009 will be improvement of the social status of the employees in the sphere. The future Minister stated that since January 1st salaries of teachers have been raised on 25 lari, since September 1st they will be increased again for another 25 lari. Gvaramia promised to reinforce discipline control and increase responsibility for school attendance.
The new Cabinet and the new governmental program will be discussed at the plenary meeting of the Parliament to be held on Friday. The opposition claimed it will not support the renewed Cabinet.