The former Governor of Odessa, Mikheil Saakashvili, has announced that he is to found a new party in Ukraine. Speaking at a press conference in Kyiv he said that the main aim of his new party, “platform of new forces”, would be to hold early elections.
“We’re creating a new political team, which aims to change the elite which control the Rada [Ukrainian Parliament]. Our aim is to see early elections. We support businesses, but we won’t allow businessmen to enter the Rada.” - said Mikheil Saakashvili
According to Saaksahvili, his new party will consist of people from different age groups who want to do good for their country, instead making money.
On November 7, Mikheil Saakashvili resigned as Governor of Odessa. The former Georgian President expressed his frustration with Poroshenko over a delayed construction project in Odessa’s economically vital port. Saakashvili also accused him of lying and cheating
After serving as the third President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili went into self-imposed exile when his term was up in 2013, first to the United States then to Ukraine where he took up the position of Governor in May 2015.
As in Georgia, Saakashvili sought to built a political platform around anti-corruption reforms, and spoke out against corruption on the part of wealthy Ukrainian politicians.
Having take on Ukrainian citizenship, the former President was later stripped of Georgian passport. In 2014 Saakashvili was charged with abuse of power and embezzlement relating to his time in office. He has denied the claims and alleged that they are politically motivated.
A coalition of Georgian NGOs has called on the Georgian authorities to uphold the principles of rule of law, transparency and accountability and to "make sure that there is no political retribution involved."