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TBILISI, July 4 (Itar-Tass) — The parliament of Georgia, at its extraordinary meeting here on Wednesday, is to consider a motion of confidence in the renewed composition of the Cabinet of Ministers and endorse the Cabinet's programme for the coming four years. The list and the prorgramme are to be presented to the parliament by new Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili who headed the Ministry of the Interior previously.
Bacho Alakhaya has been recommeded for the position of Interior Minister. Over the past three years he was Minister of Defence, which is now to be headed by Dimitry Shashkin who was in charge of education earlier.
The Ministry of Education is to be headed by Khatiya Dekanoidze, who headed the National Examination Center. Dali Khomeriki has been nominated for the post of Minister for Refugee and Forced Migrant Affairs and Resettlement. Dali had been working at the US Embassy to Georgia for ten years and worked in the country's education system for the past three years.
A new government post has been instituted, that of Minister of State for Employment Affaris. Paata Trapaidze, general director of a large building company, has been pegged for the position. Merabishviliv said, "Trapaidze has no bearing on politics but he has gained a wide experience in the field of employment and made a big contribution to the development of infrastructure". The new Prime Minister considers it the main task of the government "to solve the problem of unemployment in this country."
There are no doubts that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet will be approved by the parliament, for a considerable proportion of deputies are members of the ruling party.
Opposition members, for their part, assert that the appointment of a new prime minister and a renewed government indicates that "the ruling party demonstrates its strength and intends to strive for a win at the forthcoming parliamentary elections in October". However, the opinion of the oppositionists is that "That decision by Mikhail Saakashvili will not help the authorities to score a win in the elections". They believe that "frequent reshuffles in the governmen will not help the authorities to consolidate their influence in society and among the electorate".
Mindia Gulua, chief adviser on international affairs of the oppostional party "For a Renewed Georgia", described the move as "a pre-election feint of the authorities, and as a measure which will not produce a marked effect and will not change the situation in favour of the ruling party".