Lawyer: Saakashvili decided to leave Georgian politics and the party he founded According to Saakashvili's lawyer, now the main task of the ex-president is to preserve his health; if he decides to continue to engage in politics, then not in Georgia, but in Ukraine. The party he founded has not heard of such plans< source srcset=" 590w" type="image/webp" >

Mikheil Saakashvili

Former President In Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili decided to leave Georgian politics and the United National Movement party he founded, his lawyer Valery Gelbakhiani said, Rustavi2 reports.

“He has no desire to be chairman of the National Movement” and stay in Georgian politics. Its task, first of all, & mdash; monitor the state of health, and if he ever manages to improve it, then in this case he will continue to engage in politics not in Georgia, but in Ukraine, — said the lawyer.

Secretary of the United National Movement Bacho Dolidze said that he did not have any information on this issue, and Saakashvili's departure from the party was not discussed. “Trust me, the political party would have been the first to announce this, or Mikhail would have made such a statement. The only question that worries us at this stage is — this is his health, — he said.

Saakashvili served as president of Georgia from 2004 to 2013, after which he left the country, where several criminal cases were opened against him, including proceedings for embezzlement of budget funds, abuse of power and beating of a parliamentarian. In 2015, he was stripped of his Georgian citizenship. Now Saakashvili— a citizen of Ukraine, where in 2015-2016 he served as chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration, and in the last months before returning to Georgia, he headed the executive committee of the National Reform Council.

The ex-president returned to Georgia in October 2021 before the municipal elections and called on citizens to protest. He was detained and sent to prison, and filed a case against the politician for illegally crossing the border. On the same day, he went on a hunger strike, after which his condition began to worsen, he fainted and forgot the names of acquaintances, but refused treatment in prison. More than a month later, Saakashvili was taken to the Gldani Prison Hospital. He also received treatment at the military hospital in Gori.

Doctors made several diagnoses for Saakashvili — this is Wernicke's encephalopathy, which is brain damage, progressive hypokalemia, anemia, thalassemia, and the possibility of gastric bleeding. In May of this year, the ex-president was transferred from prison to the Vivamedi private clinic in Tbilisi.

Saakashvili considers his detention illegal, and the charges against him are falsified.

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