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Mikhail Saakashvili says he seeks to change Ukraine’s political class

December 06, 2016, 20:46 UTC+3 KIEV

The former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, who was also Georgian president, says the aim of his recently-established party New Forces Movement is to fully replace the political class in Ukraine

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Mikhail Saakashvili

Mikhail Saakashvili

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KIEV, December 6. /TASS/. The former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, said on Tuesday that the aim of his recently-established party New Forces Movement is to fully replace the political class in Ukraine.

Saakashvili, who was also Georgian president, expressed confidence that the new party will win in an early election to the Ukrainian parliament after which it will be possible to impeach the president.

"Our aim is to change the Ukrainian political class," the former governor said in an interview with the German Deutsche Welle. "When President Poroshenko offered me to become prime minister I said my ambitions were much higher than to be prime minister... I want to fully change the rules of political game. I want to fully change the political class and I want to be part of this process," he said.

The leader of a new party is confident that an early election to Verkhovna Rada (the parliament) is needed. "If we don’t have early elections, and if we have this Rada for another more than two years, we are at risk of having chaos here," Saakashvili said.

"Even under the optimistic forecast of the government, even if we will grow the way they pledge, we will achieve the level of 2013, the last year under Yanukovich, in 15 years," he said.

Having a status quo is fraught with "serious problems with regional separatism" and "an armed chaos," he said.

The politician believes the early parliamentary election will bring his party to victory. "As soon as we have the majority, we will be able to enforce any laws. We will be able to override the president’s veto. And we will be able to impeach (President Pyotr Poroshenko)," he went on.

Saakashvili specified that he was not threatening with impeachment. "No, I am not threatening with impeachment. I say that this will be an instrument for pursuing a policy and for getting rid of some obstacles to pursuing out this policy," the ex-governor explained.

After stepping down from his post as Governor of the Odessa Region, Mikhail Saakashvili restarted his political career. On November 27, Saakashvili and several hundreds of his supporters held a rally in downtown Kiev under the slogan "The last winter of the current Rada". They demanded early parliamentary elections as well as "a new electoral law, a new Central Election Commission and the cancellation of immunity for parliament members."

Saakashvili has also voiced his program for reforming the country which is based on zero-tolerance for corruption, massive tax cuts, and reforming the judicial and healthcare systems.

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