TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament will hold a vote of confidence about the new government May 8 at 13:00, by request of the speaker of parliament, who asked the president to schedule a special session at that time.
The government has been pretending not to be concerned about what decision the president would make regarding the list of candidates for a new cabinet. On Tuesday, Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili called on him to speed up the process and timely submit the list to parliament. Later, the government’s administration made a similar statement.
May 1, when the prime minister sent the list to the president for him to sign, he asked the legislative assembly and the president to speed up the process of approving the new government, but the president didn’t listen to him, claiming that the government shouldn’t have been selected so quickly, especially since the replacement of the defense minister came so unexpectedly to the public. He decided to to use the maximum term of seven days to consider the list of nominees.
Since the president and prime minister are at odds, even though neither of them admit it, the president’s decision was seen as a carefully calculated protest. But on Wednesday, the president told journalists that he saw ‘the political process as slightly chaotic’ and was attempting to calm things down.
The same day, he submitted the list of names for the government to parliament, instead of using one week until Friday, as he said in the beginning.
There are three new ministers in the cabinet: Tina Khidasheli, Gigla Agulashvili, both parliamentarians, and Tariel Khechikashvili, who has been deputy sports minister. He will be new sports minister. Khidasheli is proposed as new defense minister, while Agulashvili new minister of environmental protection.
May 8, parliament will also approve Khidasheli and Agulashvili taking leave as parliamentarians while they serve as ministers.
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