Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has renounced his claims to the post of Prime Minister of the country. It is reported by “Interfax”.
Saakashvili commented on the results of exit polls, according to which the United National Movement party took second place in the parliamentary elections. He noted that, in general, the elections were a very big triumph of the opposition forces, and now, first of all, it is necessary to form a government of national unity. At the same time, the politician stressed that he would not apply for the post of prime minister in the new government.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on October 31. According to exit polls, the ruling Georgian Dream party won the election, followed by the United National Movement with 33 percent of the vote.
Earlier, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili reacted to the likelihood of the return of citizenship to the former head of state, Mikhail Saakashvili. She stressed that Saakashvili himself must first decide which state he calls his homeland, and only after that apply for citizenship. At the same time, Zurabishvili noted that Saakashvili had not submitted an application, and suggested that he was not going to do this.
Saakashvili was stripped of his Georgian citizenship in 2015, after Petro Poroshenko, who was then president, granted him Ukrainian citizenship and appointed him governor of the Odessa region. In July 2017, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his citizenship after the conflict, but the current President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, after being elected, canceled the decision of his predecessor. At home, the politician is accused of a number of crimes.