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TSKHINVAL, January 20. /ITAR-TASS/. South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov has announced that the republic’s government is dismissed. He made this statement at a government meeting on Monday.
Domenty Kulumbegov, who was the republic’s first deputy prime minister, has been appointed acting prime minister.
Tibilov said at the government meeting that in a period of 18 months the Cabinet had failed to become a consolidated team, capable of effective fulfillment of its tasks. Above all, the government has failed to fulfill the task to restore housing and infrastructure facilities, destroyed during the war in August 2008, as well as failed to implement programs for the republic’s socio-economic development.
Presidential press secretary Gana Yanovskaya told Itar-Tass about the reasons that made the South Ossetian president dismiss the government. According to her, one of the main reasons for this was the fact that in 18 months of work the South Ossetian government had failed to work out and introduce a clear-cut system of management of executive power bodies.
Tibilov’s press secretary said that in the view of the president, “a serious gap between the country’s center and regions has formed,” and he believes that “it is absolutely unacceptable that the government has not held even a single visiting session during this period, and rural residents have never seen some of the heads of our ministries and departments.”
According to Yanovskaya, the South Ossetian president assessed the “loosening of control over the fulfillment of his instructions, as well as the fulfillment of the (government’s) own orders and resolutions as absolutely unacceptable.” “How can otherwise be explained the actual failure (of the government) to fulfill the tasks set in the president’s address to the parliament and the people of South Ossetia of April 30, last year?” the press secretary quoted the South Ossetia leader.
Tibilov also said that “uncoordinated redistribution of the funds allocated by Russia, which had a negative effect on the timely financing and implementation of the Investment Program of assistance to South Ossetia’s socio-economic development” was unilaterally made by the South Ossetian government in violation of the decisions made by the Russian - South Ossetian intergovernmental commission.
The South Ossetian president also said that in 2013, experts of the Russian Accounts Chamber conducted an audit of appropriate expenditure of financial assets allocated by Russia for the needs of restoration of South Ossetia. “They exposed a number of serious violations and deficiencies. Despite the fact that they had been committed in previous years, the republic’s current government has taken no measures to remedy them and prevent the factors causing them,” Yanovskaya quoted Tibilov as saying.