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Saakashvili Returns To Georgia – OpEd


ByIrakli Dzhaparidze

The ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili wants to return to Georgia after the presidential elections to initiate a fight against the authorities in power. “I will come to Georgia and carry out all the programs with my team. I will not leave my people in trouble,” Saakashvili said. According to him, “Georgia is devastated, and this is a real threat, the situation can be improved only if we reverse the economy and raise the standard of living, increasing wages and strengthening economic opportunities.”

The former president hopes that the opposition will win in the presidential elections in 2018 and this victory will return Georgia to life, and he will be able to return to his homeland. Judging by his optimistic mood, he really hopes that he and his supporters will return to power. However, being abroad, he does not own the situation in the country, or he tries to convince himself and his supporters that it is quite possible to do this. Mr. Saakashvili believes that his party with an unsavory past can really unite the opposition and nominate a candidate who will win the election.

Even Saakashvili’s allies in Georgia sluggishly supported him. Therefore, it is unlikely that he will step into the same river twice. In Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili is accused of violent dispersal of the protest in the center of Tbilisi in November 2007. He is also accused of abuse of authority concerning the case of the murder of Sandro Girgvliani in 2006, embezzlement of budget. The prosecutor’s office claims that Saakashvili spent about nine million lari of budget for his personal needs.

It is unlikely that Mikhail will receive support in his country. He is like a political clown rather than a serious politician who can offer his country something worthwhile.

Moreover, his party has lost credibility in the country.


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