TBILISI, DFWatch–Though officially on summer break, the parliament in Georgia convened on Saturday to declare trust in the government after seven of the ministers were replaced.
The vote ended with 89 out of 150 representatives declaring trust in the government. No-one voted against, but the National Movement’s delegates left the session hall in a show of protest. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKNtM858BtQ
The political debate before the vote was lighter than usual, and included a few jokes and blunders that made for conversation material throughout the day.
When Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze was recounting the possibly the biggest drugs bust ever made in Europe, when a trailer was stopped in Georgia July 14 containing 2.8 tons of liquid heroin, Chikaidze said his investigators have found out it was Afghan drugs, belonging to a man called Taliban.
“It was planned to take it to Europe and with this money, Taliban, this person, was financed,” he said (see video on right).
Energy Minister Kakhi Kaladze was also in the spotlight for an old ‘selfie’ in which he appeared next to a member of the Georgian mafia underworld nicknamed Taivanchika.
Kaladze said when he was a successful football player in the past, he took pictures with many people and wasn’t able to ask about their past every time. He promised Khachidze, to take picture with him after the session, which they did, in fact.
On Saturday some of the government members, including Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, called the National Movement the ‘unconstructive opposition.’
In response, Davit Bakradze, leader of the parliamentary opposition, said that they are confusing the words ‘unconstructive’ and ‘critical.’
“We are a constructive, but critical opposition, which will be critical towards unemployment, the budget, the future of people and we will do this in the future,” Bakradze said.
He criticized the government for talking about the past all the time, instead of the future.
“Unfortunately today’s debate was spared of ordinary style. It’s fighting over the past, speaking about nine years, and in fact, nothing was said about the future.”
After his speech, the National Movement MPs left the hall.
Earlier same day, Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili tried to get the attention of opposition MPs with the following statement:
“Putin is the enemy, Putin is the enemy, Putin is the enemy – and I may attract the attention of our opponents.”
Usupashvili said it is an important day when the government is affirmed, and noted that he had brought with him three documents: the constitution, the government’s program and the association agreement with the EU, in order to agree how the coalition will continue governing the country in the next two years.
“Or what’s important? Sparing time and nerves on what we’ve heard in this hall for this year and half? We’ve heard that Georgia will become a Russian colony,” he said. “People are annoyed that these people [the National Movement] are speaking so much. I am annoyed that people are annoyed by what they are talking about.”
Prime Minister Gharibashvili dismissed seven ministers on July 21: the ministers for agriculture, prisons, culture, infrastructure, diaspora, refugees and the environment. Two of them remained as ministers, but in different positions. He introduced the five remaining candidates in the following days.