Fewpeople understand - except the holder of the position - why thegovernment needs a Minister without an office. Typically, such aMinister appears only where cabinet is formed by agreement betweenthe different political forces, which is why in Ukraine he cannotbe even if you suppose such an agreement. Because in our practice,the Minister means cash flow. What can the Minister without anOffice snatch? A pen or a paperclip? Do not make melaugh.
But if the Minister without an office is stillpossible, the Prime Minister without an office never. And yet, thisis what is soon going to become of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov whowill not be able to be responsible for what is happening in his owngovernment, to control the Vice Prime Ministers and generally feelat least like the head of a company which he seemed prior to thesechanges.
Maybe someone will see this removal of PrimeMinister from real power as illogical. Azarov already fulfills allthe Presidential orders, remaining just a clerk in the hierarchy ofYanukovych. In any case he would assign to the Minister of theCabinet of Ministers offered by the President. Deputy PrimeMinisters even before went directly to the Head of State,regardless of their immediate superior. Besides, the main missionof Azarov today is not to run the government, but to prepare SerhiiArbuzov to take the post and create the Family Cabinet. Why wouldYanukovych take away potential powers from his ownnominee?
Because, that is exactly how the Presidentunderstands the power. Not as responsibility, no - he does notanswer to anyone. But as complete control over everything thatmoves and wants money. He does not want to create even thetheoretical possibility of a dialogue with someone other than him -in Ukraine and outside. Are there many people who want to talkwith, for example, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan? And the PrimeMinister of Kazakhstan? Even people interested in politics need torefer to Wikipedia to find out who is holdingoffice.
A Prime Minister in Ukraine has always been arelatively independent figure - it is worth rememberingconfrontations of Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, but Kravchuk andKuchma, Kuchma and Lazarenko, to understand it. Even Azarov,becoming a clerk for Yanukovych remains a person whom people haveto count with. So - soon they will not. And his successor willsimply not be remembered because he will be no different from theDeputy Prime Ministers and Ministers of his own government: justanother official who receives instructions, but does not makedecisions. For decisions we have ViktorYanukovych.