Saakashvili plans to leave Ukraine in coming months to ‘free Georgia from Ivanishvili‘
Ex-president of Georgia and former governor of Odessa, Mikhail Saakashvili, says his political future lies with Georgia, not Ukraine.
In an interview with the Georgian opposition channel Mtavari Arkhi, Saakashvili said that in the coming months, before the parliamentary elections in Georgia in the fall of 2020, he would be ready to leave Ukraine and come to Tbilisi to “end Ivanishvili’s reign.”
Regarding the plans of his party “Movement of New Forces” in Ukraine, Saakashvili replied that it is leading in all ratings, but “will not be able to do other things”, “until we stop this devastation and the destruction of the country [Georgia]”.
Saakashvili said that he feels good in Ukraine, “however, we are losing our homeland.”
“If you walk with me through the streets of Odessa, where I am now, you will see that every second person approaches me and asks me to take part in the mayoral elections,” he said.
According to Saakashvili, he intends to “end the reign” of the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream party leader, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili “together with the Georgian people.”
When asked if this means a revolutionary scenario, Saakashvili answered that “this is a scenario for the Georgians not to be humiliated.”
“I, along with the Georgian people. Let’s push the politicians aside. I’m not a politician, I’m the creator of modern Georgian statehood, a Georgian patriot, one of you, those who have a heartache because the country is collapsing,” he said.
Saakashvili, who has several criminal cases against him in Georgia, says he does not exclude the possibility that when he returns home, he will be detained:
“Whether they detain me or not depends on the Georgian people…I was not afraid of jail in Ukraine and I am not afraid of it in my own country…They are so weak, that they will not resist the Georgian nationa”, Saakashvili said.
• In 2020 Georgia is having important parliamentary elections. Since Georgia is the parliamentary republic that won the party in 2020, it will rule the country for the next four years.
• The third president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, left Georgia in 2013, after the expiration of the second term of his presidency. After that, he has been unable to return to the country for 6 years, since criminal cases have been instituted against him on four episodes – abuse of power, dispersal of a peaceful rally and the defeat of a television company, beating of a deputy and embezzlement of budget funds.
• Saakashvili was earlier deprived of Georgian citizenship. He is currently a citizen of Ukraine.
• Saakashvili is the leader of the opposition Movement of the Forces opposition party in Ukraine, as well as the leader of the United National Movement party in Georgia. According to the latest opinion polls conducted in Georgia, Saakashvili’s party has 9 percent support.