South Ossetia’s parliament to vote to censure the government

South Ossetia’s parliament to vote to censure the government
# 05 May 2010 04:03 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The parliament of the former Georgian republic of South Ossetia will vote on Wednesday to censure the government of Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev, a parliament spokesman has said, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.
If the majority of lawmakers vote to dismiss the government, this will be the third change of South Ossetia’s cabinet since the August 2008 war, which gave South Ossetia independence from Georgia.
The decision to carry out the crucial vote was taken on Tuesday, after a group of lawmakers filed a relevant request to the parliament.
The lawmakers accuse the government of misusing budget funds and criticize the cabinet for failing to draw up the 2010 draft budget and a program of social and economic development of the republic.
On April 30, the parliament created a special commission to investigate government’s activities.
Brovtsev, who was appointed South Ossetia’s prime minister last August, has strongly rejected the accusation. He has said that the spending of the budget funds provided to the republic by Russia has been controlled by Russian Regional Development Ministry and that four checks carried out by Russia’s Audit Chamber has not revealed any violations.
The pro-presidential Yedinstvo (Unity) party holds 17 seats in the 34-strong parliament, with other nine seats being held by the People’s Party, which also supports President Eduard Kokoity.
A total of 18 votes are needed to dismiss the government.
The current cabinet has been appointed after then-prime minister Aslanbek Bulatsev resigned because of bed health in December 2008 and the government was dissolved.
The previous government headed by Yury Morozov was dismissed in August 2008, following the five-day war between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.
Following the war, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and another former Georgian republic, Abkhazia. Nicaragua, Venezuela and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru have also recognized the republics.