Mikheil Saakashvili has been nominated as Prime Minister of Georgia by the United National Movement party. On the evening of September 7, the politician is to announce his decision to return to his homeland. Parliamentary elections in Georgia will be held in late October. The opposition Georgian party “United National Movement” will nominate former Georgian president and its leader Mikheil Saakashvili as prime minister of the country. This was stated by one of the leaders of the UNM Grigol Vashadze, Interfax reports.
“The UNM Political Council and all the parties belonging to the opposition group “Power in Unity” have made a unanimous decision to nominate Mikheil Saakashvili,” Vashadze said during the briefing.
He added that Saakashvili will announce his decision to return to Georgia on the evening of September 7.
Parliamentary elections in Georgia are scheduled for October 31. The right to form a government will be given to the party, which managed to get 40% of the votes. If this threshold is not overcome by any of the parties, the parties that have passed to the parliament will have to form a coalition of several factions.
Mikheil Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013 and a number of criminal cases were brought against him in his homeland. In a number of them, the policy faces prison terms. The country’s Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani noted that the Georgian authorities are happy to return.
“Right at the border he will have a detention procedure and, of course, a Georgian prison,” she said. The minister specified that Saakashvili had been charged and that he was wanted.
In particular, Saakashvili is being held in a number of criminal cases, including embezzlement of public funds for personal needs, abuse of office in the case of dispersal of the action on November 7, 2007, the beating of MP Valery Gelashvili. In January 2018, Saakashvili was sentenced in absentia by the Tbilisi City Court to three years in prison for illegally pardoning convicts in the case of the murder of The United Georgian Bank employee Sandro Girgvliani.
Mikheil Saakashvili was president of Georgia from 2004 to 2013. He came to power following the results of the Rose Revolution, which resulted in the ouster of President Eduard Shevardnadze. It was under Saakashvili that military conflicts were unleashed in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
After former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship in 2015, relations between Kyiv and Tbilisi have noticeably cooled.
Since 2015, Saakashvili has found himself at the center of Ukrainian politics. He was an advisor to the President of Ukraine and Chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration from May 30, 2015, to November 9, 2016. In the summer of 2017, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his previously issued Ukrainian citizenship “due to inaccurate information in the questionnaire.” Saakashvili registered the political party Rukh New Forces in February of the same year and began active opposition activities, criticizing Poroshenko and accusing him of corruption.
In addition, Saakashvili organized a number of protests to achieve the resignation of the government and the impeachment of the President of Ukraine called the “March for Impeachment.” The marches were held three times in December 2017 and twice in February 2018. The shares on December 10 and 17 were accompanied by riots. On December 17, Saakashvili called on his supporters to take over the International Center for Culture and the Arts in Kyiv in order to further use it as a headquarters.
Although Saakashvili is popular with a part of Georgian society, it is impossible to call him the leader of the country. A January poll by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) shows that 26% of respondents support the former president. At the same time, the mayor of Tbilisi from the “Georgian Dream” Kakha Kaladze and the leader of “European Georgia” David Bakladze received 34% of the votes of respondents.
“I was actively involved in the Georgian election campaign, because in Georgia, unlike Ukraine, national elections are held in October. At the same time, I continue to serve as chairman of the executive committee of the National Council of Reforms, and it was within the framework of the National Council that I hosted a large Kazakh delegation of prominent businessmen, journalists, and political activists at home today,” Saakashvili said earlier.