Few people understand - except the holder of the position - why the government needs a Minister without an office. Typically, such a Minister appears only where cabinet is formed by agreement between the different political forces, which is why in Ukraine he cannot be even if you suppose such an agreement. Because in our practice, the Minister means cash flow. What can the Minister without an Office snatch? A pen or a paperclip? Do not make me laugh.
But if the Minister without an office is still possible, the Prime Minister without an office never. And yet, this is what is soon going to become of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov who will not be able to be responsible for what is happening in his own government, to control the Vice Prime Ministers and generally feel at least like the head of a company which he seemed prior to these changes.
Maybe someone will see this removal of Prime Minister from real power as illogical. Azarov already fulfills all the Presidential orders, remaining just a clerk in the hierarchy of Yanukovych. In any case he would assign to the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers offered by the President. Deputy Prime Ministers even before went directly to the Head of State, regardless of their immediate superior. Besides, the main mission of Azarov today is not to run the government, but to prepare Serhii Arbuzov to take the post and create the Family Cabinet. Why would Yanukovych take away potential powers from his own nominee?
Because, that is exactly how the President understands the power. Not as responsibility, no - he does not answer to anyone. But as complete control over everything that moves and wants money. He does not want to create even the theoretical possibility of a dialogue with someone other than him - in Ukraine and outside. Are there many people who want to talk with, for example, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan? And the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan? Even people interested in politics need to refer to Wikipedia to find out who is holding office.
A Prime Minister in Ukraine has always been a relatively independent figure - it is worth remembering confrontations of Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, but Kravchuk and Kuchma, Kuchma and Lazarenko, to understand it. Even Azarov, becoming a clerk for Yanukovych remains a person whom people have to count with. So - soon they will not. And his successor will simply not be remembered because he will be no different from the Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers of his own government: just another official who receives instructions, but does not make decisions. For decisions we have Viktor Yanukovych.