Zelensky offer Saakashvili post of Vice-PM in reforms
22 April, 2020
Zelensky offer Saakashvili post of Vice-PM in reforms
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered former President and Governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili to become minister. “It is a great honor for me to receive an offer from President Zelensky to become vice-prime minister of the Ukrainian government in reforms” – Saakashvili said on Facebook. “I had a very informative and useful conversation with Prime Minister Shmyhal, during which we discussed in detail all the issues related to my possible work in the government.”

On 30 May 2015, Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili as Governor of Odessa Oblast. He was also granted Ukrainian citizenship, and due to restrictions on dual nationality under Georgian law, he was stripped of his Georgian citizenship. On 7 November 2016, Saakashvili resigned as Governor while blaming President Poroshenko personally for enabling corruption in Odessa and Ukraine overall. Four days later he announced his goal to create a new political party called Movement of New Forces.

On 26 July 2017, Saakashvili (at the time staying in the U.S.) was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by Petro Poroshenko and became a stateless person. On 29 May 2019, he returned to Ukraine after newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky restored his citizenship.

“I approach this proposal with great responsibility because it is a very difficult time for the country. We have a very difficult period ahead in the economy, and in general in life in the country. We now more than ever have to be courageous in our decisions and reforms” – said Saakashvili referring to the situation in Ukraine amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukraine has more than 6.5 thousand COVID-19 cases and 174 deaths.

Mikheil Saakashvili expressed his readiness to work with PM Denys Shmyhal and his government and to propose necessary amendments so that Ukraine can overcome the current crisis with as few losses as possible.

Mikheil Saakashvili was the third President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013. From May 2015 until November 2016, Saakashvili was the Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Oblast.

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