Ex-Georgian President Leaves Odesa: Poroshenko signs Odesa governor Saakashvili's resignation
Politics09:53 Nov. 10, 2016

Poroshenko signs Odesa governor Saakashvili's resignation

Former Georgian president said corruption and lack of political will for reforms are the main reasons for his resignation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a letter of resignation submitted by Chairman of Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili.

What is more, Poroshenko signed a decree to dismiss Saakashvili from the post of freelance adviser to the president.

On November 7 Saakashvili announced his resignation from the governor's post he was appointed to in May 2015, citing widespread corruption, obstruction to his reform efforts and a lack of political will for transforming the country.

While commenting on Saakashvili's resignation, Poroshenko said that after Saakashvili's party had lost in parliamentary elections in Georgia, the former Georgian president who was granted Ukrainian citizenship prior to his appointment as Odesa governor had decided to become a politician in Ukraine.

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Saakashvili explained, in turn, that he wanted to resign six months prior to that, and his decision had nothing to do with the political situation in Georgia. "President Poroshenko is well aware of the fact that I did not directly participate in the Georgian elections and I was unable to do that even if I wanted, as I'm a Ukrainian citizen."

Saakashvili added that he considers himself to be a Ukrainian politician.

Source: UNIAN

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