Saakashvili: ‘Eurovision in Kyiv is rigged bid’

Source : 112 Ukraine

Some Ukrainian officials raise scandal over hosting the 2017 song contest in the capital
14:28, 9 September 2016

‘Odesa is left without Eurovision. I love Kyiv but it’s more than just about my capital city; it’s about this decision which is another case of rigged bids, lying in throat and complete absence of administrative thinking’. Mikheil Saakashvili, the governor of Odesa region, posted this at Facebook immediately after Kyiv was officially named the city to host Eurovision 2017 song contest.

As 112 International reported, Kyiv won the competition among Ukrainian cities, the candidates to host the next year's Eurovision. Kyiv won with 19 votes against 2 votes for Odessa, 1 voter abstained.

The contest will be held in the International Exhibition Centre on the left bank of the Dnipro. The International Exhibition Centre will be settled in advance.

According to the Minister of Culture Eugene Yevhen Nyshchuk, Kyiv and Odesa had a real battle in the final of the competition for the right to host the contest. He also noted that Ukraine has made its state guarantees to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).  

Source: Mikheil Saakashvili's Facebook

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