Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who also served as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region in 2015-16, tops the list of 10 parliamentary candidates from his Movement of New Forces party, which he announced in a 13 June news conference in Kyiv.
Saakashvili created the party in 2017 after his relations with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko soured over reform efforts and the former’s fight against corruption.
Speaking to the media shortly after presenting the list of candidates, Saakashvili said his part has brought together people with experience in fighting “injustice and corruption” before adding that he wants to play a substantial role in public life in Ukraine.
Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in 2015. Authorities in Tbilisi stripped Saakashvili of his Georgian citizenship in December of that year on grounds that Georgia does not allow dual citizenship.
Several months after Saakashvili had a falling out with Poroshenko, the latter issued a decree that stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship. New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky restored Saakashvili’s citizenship on 29 May, and the former Georgian president returned to Kyiv from Poland the following day.