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Former Georgian president Saakashvili gets back his Ukrainian citizenship

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Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky has returned the Ukrainian citizenship to exiled former Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili and is returning to Ukraine.

Saakashvili was last known to be living in the Netherlands after falling out with Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko.

After being stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine to Poland and ended up residing in the Netherlands.

Saakashvili told Euronews last year that he wanted to clear his name and return to Georgia.

That came as his ally, Grigol Vashadze, was the frontrunner to win Georgia’s presidential run-off in November 2018.

But Vashadze lost to Salome Zurabishvili.

The 50-year-old’s homecoming would have been controversial after his conviction-in-absentia and six-year jail term for abuse of power.

 

Via Euronews

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/28/zelensky-returns-ukrainian-citizenship-to-former-georgian-president-saakashviliia

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