Saakashvili plans to switch back to Georgian citizenship later

by | Jun 1, 2015

(Imedi TV.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former President Mikheil Saakashvili says he doesn’t need Georgian citizenship in order to make a comeback in his home country.

Former President Eduard Shevardnadze didn’t have citizenship when he came to power in 1993; neither did Bidzina Ivanishvili in 2012, he pointed out.

Sunday, Saakashvili was criticized by his predecessor for his decision to give up his Georgian citizenship in order to become a regional governor in Ukraine.

Current President Giorgi Margvelashvili said the decision was ‘incomprehensible behavior’.

Margvelashvili said this during a celebration of Police Day in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city.

“I want to express a negative attitude to this. A former president shouldn’t give up [his] Georgian citizenship. This way he insulted the country and the office of president. I think values are more important than career and those values include Georgian citizenship. I cannot understand his behavior,” he said.

Saakashvili responded in an interview with Imedi TV, by saying that ‘citizenship never has been a barrier for anyone.’

He continued saying that if the president of Georgia decides to deprive his citizenship it won’t be a ‘drastic factor’ because people make such decisions. Besides, he is confident that people will abolish the criminal cases against him, ‘as soon as he returns to Georgia.’

“Eduard Shevardnadze wasn’t a citizen of Georgia when he arrived and became leader of Georgia, Ivanishvili wasn’t a citizen of Georgia when he was running round, holding election campaign and became leader of Georgia,’ he said.

Saakashvili continued saying that right now being a citizen of Georgia means for him means ‘sitting in Matrosov Prison’ with his friends and it was necessary to ‘avoid it’.

“I cannot come back to Georgia whether I am citizen or not. It doesn’t change anything.”

President Poroshenko granted Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship so he could be appointed as governor of Odessa, a position which requires being citizen of the country. The decree was published on Saturday.

Georgian legislation says one’s citizenship is automatically revoked if one receives citizenship of another country.


No Comments, Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Browse our archive by date

August 2018
« Jul