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Saakashvili pledges to begin ‘popular impeachment’ in Ukraine on December 3

Apart from that, Saakashvili said he was ready to lead Ukraine’s new government if need be
Mikhail Saakashvili Pyotr Sivkov/TASS
Mikhail Saakashvili
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KIEV, November 19. /TASS/. Mikhail Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa who now leads the Ukrainian opposition Movement of New Forces, has called on protesters rallying in front of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, or national parliament, in central Kiev on Sunday to organize ‘popular impeachment’ of the president on December 3.

"December 3 will be the beginning of ‘popular impeachment.’ Before December 3, we will continue to do what we have started to do," he said. "December 3 is Day X for all of us. Let us get organized. I will be travelling across the country to raise people peacefully."

Apart from that, Saakashvili said he is ready to come at the head of Ukraine’s new government, if need be.

"Ukraine urgently needs new authorities, a new government. We must form that government together. I am ready to do it together with you," he said. "I am ready to take the leadership of this process with you, I am ready to come at the head of this government, if need be."

Since October 17, protesters have camped outside the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, demanding the adoption of laws on stripping MPs of immunity, setting up an anti-corruption tribunal, amending the election legislation, and the law on impeaching the president.

On October 20, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said that the real goal of the organizers of protests is to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. Furthermore, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, Saakashvili and his supporters are plotting a state coup and receive financing from abroad.

Saakashvili promised earlier to organize rallies in front of the Verkhovna Rada each Sunday.