Farewell speech of Mikheil Saakashvili: key points

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Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, who announced his resignation, met with the Odesa residents
22:25, 8 November 2016

Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili held a meeting with representatives of public organizations and local active citizens on the occasion of his resignation. gathered basic theses of expressive speech of Mikheil Saakashvili.

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On relations with the president: If I'm a newcomer, then Poroshenko is also a newcomer

Saakashvili emotionally commented on today's statement by the President of Petro Poroshenko as to his resignation as head of the State Administration. The head of state during his visit to Slovenia, expressed the hope that the Government will support Saakashvili’s resignation.

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In response to these words, the head of the Odesa region declared that he told about his resignation in January of this year. Allegedly, the President said Saakashvili that the then government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be dismissed, and then "we'll live." "All will be well" - quoted the governor of Odesa president's words.

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"In January, we created the" Movement for cleansing, "I was reproached that I am here and there, but I went to something started. We changed the government, we sent message to Kyiv that we cannot continue. When the changed government I saw that it has changed is not very good, Avakov, Nasirov remained in their place. Once again, I said, it is wrong."

"Poroshenko is well aware that if I am a newcomer, he is also a newcomer. We came to study to the institute in the same time, he came from Moldova, I came from Georgia. There is nothing wrong in it. He came from Moldova, a year or two I arrived from Georgia and we studied together. I am Ukrainian with the same experience as he, I am thankful that he gave me the citizenship, but I worked through it," he added.

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"The bandits of Odessa, who give you money, they are alive only because the prosecutor's office, the SBU, the Presidential Administration, the Parliament belong to them. I will sweep the parliament, and the Administration, and the Cabinet. Place your order and in Odesa, and it would become the most stunning city of Ukraine and Europe," the head of the State Administration said.

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On his future: Victory and defeat in Ukraine

Probably, commenting on the statement about his possible departure from Ukraine, Saakashvili said that he is a Ukrainian politician and he is going to win their victories and suffer defeats.

"I am Ukrainian politician, I will, perhaps, defeat endure in Ukraine, and the victory, I will also receive in Ukraine. How much would I be reminded that I am not from not from here, let us Ukrainian people decide it," he explained.

Poverty population: Worst than Moldova, but should be like England and France

Speaking about the economic situation in Ukraine, Saakashvili said that the country is the poorest in Europe in per capita indicators of the population.

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"Ukraine cannot be one of the poorest per capita country in Europe. It is a shame. This political elite brought it to handle the situation of the poorest countries in Europe. We are ahead of Moldova. Moldovans, with all the respect, scoff at us. They have much better roads and more income per capita than the Ukrainians, they have no steel, no oil, or sea, Ukraine gave a bit of it, but they do not live so poorly, like Ukrainians. Our sacred duty is to make Ukraine not worse than England, France, not to mention Poland. Ukraine has all the potential for this," he said.

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On the "shadow schemes" on Odesa Portside Plant: I will fix their wagon even from Kyiv

Saakashvili warned that, while being in the capital, he does not intend to be silent about what is happening with Odesa Portside Plant.

"I did not have deputies and was strongly pushed away, because they did not want me to intrude. But I want to say, I will disturb them from Kyiv. I have enough information about this plant. It is not my area of responsibility, but through this plant and I knocked Yatsenyuk. Because we exposed the scheme, when the input money brought the "People's front", and the output – Bloc of Petro Poroshenko," Saakashvili said.

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Resignation and the report at the Cabinet

Saakashvili said that he was amused by the situation with the signing of his resignation. Yesterday Poroshenko said he was ready to sign a decree on the resignation of Mikheil Saakashvili, if the corresponding document will be introduced by the Cabinet. In turn, the Cabinet said that he agreed statement of Saakashvili, when it will come to them and if the chairman of the State Administration did not change his mind. In this case, the government reminded that the right to dismiss and appoint the heads of administrations belongs to the president.

Today, Poroshenko expressed the hope that the resignation of Saakashvili will be adopted at tomorrow's meeting of the government.

"It's a very funny story (signing of the letter of resignation). Poroshenko said he would not sign, let Cabinet do it. Cabinet says "What do you mean? It is the prerogative of the president." That is, they just cannot let me go," he said.

On the results of work in the RSA

Briefly summing up the results of his work at the head of the regional state administration, Mikheil Saakashvili called them modest.

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"The results of my work are very, very modest main reason why I am leaving. It is frustration from the fact that we could no longer do for you. When we started to develop Batumi, it was a village. Odesa is known by everyone. But the young generation leaves Odesa. No one has made such a PR campaing for Odesa, as I did during the last 1.5 years," he said.

Talking about the difficulties faced during the work, Saakashvili complained that for a long time he did not have deputies. Currently, he has one - Solomia Bobrovska.

"Six months ago I had 4 deputies, two were removed according to the law, one just resigned. I had only one deputy, who barely stands in the corner, because she was just overloaded with work," he said.

About apartment in Odessa and the potential of the city

As reported, at the end of his speech, Saakashvili again made complimented to Odesa. This time, he called the city one of the most beautiful in the world.

"Odesa is the most beautiful city I have seen in the post-Soviet space, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it has largest untapped potential," commented the official.


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Speaking of his own house in the city, the head of administration at the same time complained and boasted: he does not have one.

"I would really like to have an apartment in Odesa, but it does not work. This is what I am proud of. It can be shown that you can work differently," Saakashvili said.

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