Cabi­net choices are a test

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Cru­cial posts in Greece’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem are in ur­gent need of peo­ple who are ac­claimed in their fields and not pro­fes­sional par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who are hostage to the bal­lot box and to ev­ery vote. How­ever, mar­ket ex­perts and tech­nocrats with know-how and knowl­edge to im­part are one thing, and ad­vis­ers or spe­cial sec­re­taries who as­sume min­is­te­rial posts in the mid­dle of a ma­jor cri­sis are quite an­other. Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou has ev­ery right to choose whomever he wants to staff his gov­ern­ment, but past ex­pe­ri­ence has shown quite abun­dantly that some of his choices can be way off the mark. We have seen how some of his “neo­phytes” have be­haved in an ar­ro­gant and rude man­ner, in­clud­ing to the prime min­is­ter him­self, while oth­ers proved lack­ing in the cir­cum­stances. The sit­u­a­tion is cru­cial and, as such, the premier must know that his abil­ity and courage as a leader will also be tested by his abil­ity to push away even the clos­est of his as­so­ciates when they be­come a bur­den and pro­voke even their own party’s par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

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