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 Saakashvili: "Poroshenko was aware I wanted to resign six months ago, but persuaded me to stay by promising to boost reforms"

Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili says he intended to resign six months ago, but Petro Poroshenko then persuaded him to stay in exchange for commitment to boost reforms.

As reported by Censor.NET, Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on Facebook commenting on the statement of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on his resignation.

"President Poroshenko knows very well that I was not directly involved in the elections in Georgia and could not do it even if I wanted to, because I am a citizen of Ukraine. Who else but he knows that it is not very politically correct to compare me with Dekanoidze and other "invited" Georgians.

"Reaching out to my origin is a tactics very similar to that used by Avakov and his ilk. And I would like to see the president being above such rhetoric.

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"I came to Ukraine at about the same time my institute classmate Petro Poroshenko did: he came from Moldova, and I came from Georgia. And of course, I am grateful to him for the Ukrainian citizenship he granted me. Therefore, everyone will have to get used to the fact that I am a Ukrainian politician and I will be securing victories or suffer defeats not in Georgia, but in Ukraine.

"The president knows that I wanted to resign six months ago but persuaded me to stay by promising to boost reforms. This time I was just not inclined to believe the promises and the elections in Georgia have nothing to do with it," Saakashvili said.

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He added that it was fun watching the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet blaming each other for his resignation.

"Another proof of complete chaos in the country," Saakashvili said.

On Monday, Nov. 7, Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili announced his resignation amidst complaints that he was tired of constant deception and corruption, including on the part of Ukrainian senior officials.
 
 
 
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