Georgian Political Scientists Forecast Minimum Changes in Government after Replacement of Prime Minister

Business Materials 28 October 2008 15:57 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 28 October / corr Trend N.Kirzkhalia / Micheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, appoints the persons, not having political ambitions, to the prime minister's post, Ramaz Sakvarelidze, Georgian political scientist said.

"The main objective for Saakashvili is to have the prime minister, who will not have political ambitions and will fulfill his tasks," Sakvarelidze, former spokesman of Georgian ex-president Eduard Shevardnadze, told Trend .

Grigol Mgaloblishvili, who was appointed to the prime minister's post, in economic issues will depend on others, and as a result, the level of his independence will be less as compared to Nogaideli and Gurgenidze, the expert said.

Vladimir Gurgenidze could have his ideas concerning the country's economical policy. However, Gurgenidze had a usual character peculiar to state employee and he preferred to resign without deteriorating relations with the president, Sakvarelidze said.

Political scientist Ramaz Klimiashvili agreed with his colleague. "Saakashvili appointed such a person the prime minister, who can not compete with him and be perceived as a rival because of his youth and inexperience," Klimiashvili said.

"The new prime minister was entrusted with burden which is beyond his strength. Anyone, who will try to change the policy in the country, will be the victim of Saakashvili and be dismissed," he said.

"I know Grigol Mgaloblishvili and I am sure that he will try to do something, as he is the honest, progressive and very conscientious man," Klimiashvili said.

"Gurgenidze was appointed to the post of head of financial council. I doubt whether he will cope with consequences of financial crisis, if he could not manage while being at prime minister's post," he said.

"There are not so many honest people like Grigol Mgaloblishvili in Georgia. Taking into consideration that Mgaloblishvili is inexperienced, he was appointed the prime minister as a blind and he will retire, when president Saakashvili needs," political scientist Soso Tsiskarishvili said.

"The career of this young man was sacrificed to president Saakashvili's interests. I want to say that Grigol was offered the post of Education Minister, but he could refuse at that time. Obviously, he could not withstand president's will now and he will be the boy to beat," Tsiskarishvili said.

All experts believe that the replacement of prime minister will bring only minimum changes in the government.

"This is the political team, the support of which the president enjoys, and he will not give his ministers," Tsiskarishvili said.

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