07TBILISI2221, BURJANADZE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CABINET CHANGES

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07TBILISI2221 2007-09-05 11:41 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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PP RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #2221 2481141
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 051141Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7498
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002221 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/04/2017 
TAGS: PGOV GG
SUBJECT: BURJANADZE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CABINET CHANGES 
 
REF: TBILISI 2169 
 
Classified by Ambassador John F. Tefft, reasons: 1.4 (b)(d) 
 
1. (U) On September 4, Speaker of Parliament, Nino 
Burjanadze, used the first planning meeting of the new 
Parliamentary session to speak out publicly against the 
proposed Cabinet changes announced on August 29 by Prime 
Minister Noghaideli (reftel).  Burjanadze said she was 
disappointed that the government did not consult her 
regarding the proposed changes.  She said, "It is 
unacceptable when they do not hold consultations with the 
Speaker of the Parliament on the significant changes in the 
executive government and candidates."  Majority Leader Maia 
Nadiradze rebuffed Burjanadze's criticism, saying "this is 
not written in the Bible" that the Speaker should be 
consulted prior to the proposed nominations. 
 
2. (U) Burjanadze was particularly dissatisfied with the 
nomination of Minister of Finance Aleksi Alexishvili to 
become the President of the National Bank of Georgia.  She 
said she has nothing against Alexishvili personally, but that 
he is not independent enough from the government to head the 
National Bank.  According to widely reported rumors, 
Alexishvili is closely allied with Noghaideli, while 
Burjanadze preferred her own protQgQ for the National Bank 
position, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Budget 
and Finances, Irakli Kovzanadze.  As reported in the press, 
Alexishvili paid a visit to Burjanadze soon after her 
comments, possibly to lobby for his nomination.  Burjanadze 
also expressed her dissatisfaction with the government action 
plan to be presented by the new cabinet.  She said the plan 
the government submitted "is not a program.  It is more like 
a protocol of intentions.  We should know how the government 
is going to implement those intentions." 
 
3. (C) Comment: Although Burjanadze - a member of the ruling 
National Movement - has been discreetly distancing herself 
from the government for some time, these remarks may be her 
most vocal and significant criticism since she opposed 
Noghaideli's nomination in 2005.  Opposition figures 
expressed support for her comments, which mirrored their own 
criticism of the government, although some complained that 
her objections came too late.  Parliament is scheduled to 
give its vote of confidence on the new cabinet on September 7. 
The next few days may show us how severe the split 
between Burjanadze and the government is.  End comment. 
TEFFT

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