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Saakashvili does not see himself as Ukraine’s prime minister

September 04, 2015, 4:50 UTC+3
Petro Poroshenko’s website is collecting signatures for a petition to appoint Mikheil Saakashvili Ukrainian prime minister
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Odessa region governor Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Odessa region governor Mikheil Saakashvili

© Nikolay Lazarenko/Ukrainian president's press service/TASS

KIEV, September 3 /TASS/. Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-president of Georgia and incumbent governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, does not see himself as Ukraine’s prime minister.

"I believe that at this stage a Ukrainian prime minister should be a person who is good at financial issues in the first place and knows the financial system in detail. At the same time, he should be decent and free of any oligarchic interests. I possess all these qualities but I think there are other people who understand these matters and many other details much better," Saakashvili told Ukraine Channel 5 on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian president’s administration launched a new initiative that the Kiev authorities will consider any popular petition if it supported by 25,000 votes in the Internet. Poroshenko’s website is collecting signatures for a petition to appoint Mikheil Saakashvili Ukrainian prime minister. The campaign will last for 90 days. A total of 4,383 Internet users had voted for the idea with Saakashvili’s appointment as prime minister by 22:00 Moscow time.

Late in August, Saakashvili said he had no plans for the prime minister’s chair.

"There are many positive and good people in Ukraine," Saakashvili said.

"I do not think that personalities matter," he explained adding that personalities were not so important for Ukraine. "It is necessary to change the whole system," he stressed.

Under Ukrainian laws, the president submits the candidacy of a future prime minister to Verkhovna Rada on proposal from Rada’s deputy factions. The parliament either approves or rejects the proposed candidate.

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