Saakashvili's party to run for Ukraine's parliament
The Movement of New Forces led by ex-president of Georgia and ex-Governor of Ukraine's Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili will run for Ukraine's parliament.
"We have the legitimate right to freely participate in the elections," one of the party's leaders and ex-deputy prosecutor general in Ukraine David Sakvarelidze told the Ukrainian publication Apostrophe in an interview. "As a party, we will run in the [early parliamentary] elections and promote those ideas and projects that we want to implement as a political force."
Volodymyr Zelensky officially became President of Ukraine on May 20, 2019. During his swearing-in speech, he announced the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, and called on the Ukrainian government to resign. The presidential decree on the dissolution of parliament entered into force on May 23. The early elections are scheduled for July 21.
On May 28, Zelensky reinstated Saakashvili's Ukrainian citizenship. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late in July 2017 signed an order to strip Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship. Member of the Interior Ministry's board Anton Gerashchenko said it was related with the fact that Saakashvili had provided wrong information when applying for Ukrainian citizenship, in particular, he did not mention his criminal record in Georgia.
Saakashvili is expected to arrive at Kyiv's Boryspil airport from Warsaw, Poland, on May 29.