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Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed as Governor of Ukraine's Odessa region

Jun 1, 2015 10:19 IST

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was in news as on 31 May 2015 he was appointed as Governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region.

He replaced Ihor Palytsia, a businessman who was appointed as governor of the region in May 2014.

His appointment was announced by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko who said that Saakashvili had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. He was granted the Ukrainian citizenship to facilitate the move on 30 May 2015.

Saakashvili as a person is widely credited with carrying out radical reforms in Georgia during his term in 2004-13.

One the other hand, the current Georgian authorities accuses him of abuse of power and has demanded his extradition. He denies all the charges against him, and says that they are politically motivated.

He left Georgia after his term ended in 2013.

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