Saakashvili resigns as Ukrainian region’s governor
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7
Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Region, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced his resignation on Nov. 7, TASS reported.
“I have made a decision to resign and start a new chapter, a new round of struggle,” Saakashvili told reporters during a briefing.
He said the reason behind his resignation was widespread corruption in the region that prevented him from reaching his political goals.
The Odessa region police chief, Georgy Lortkipanidze, who is one of key members of the ex-governor’s political team, tendered his resignation earlier in the day.
Saakashvili was the president of Georgia in 2004-2013. He received the Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015 and was appointed the governor of Ukraine’s Odessa in the same year.