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Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and mayor of Odessa in Ukraine, now turned Ukrainian political activist, even though his citizenship has been revoked, stood outside the Ukrainian parliament today and demanded the resignation of Ukrainian President Pedro Poroshenko.
“There will be nothing good as long as Poroshenko is president. If he doesn’t hear you today, we must move to another location to demand Poroshenko step down and free Ukraine’s people,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“If these people [lawmakers] do not take a single step in the interests of our people by the end of the day, we must think about more demands – that of the president’s resignation.”
Saakashvili called for another rally tomorrow in Kyiv to his supporters.
“Over the past three to four years, we have seen only one thing: all we have witnessed is that one man has taken over all the courts and the entire Verkhovna Rada. There is no political process in Ukraine any longer. All we have is idle talk and the arbitrariness of one man.”
Elections are approaching in 2019 in Ukraine and the campaigns are already heating up. The Ukrainian government has tried to keep Saakshvili out of Ukrainian politics by revoking his citizenship but the Georgian politician has found a way to stay relevant by forming a new political party.