Georgia’s ruling party wins local election

Georgia’s ruling party won a commanding lead in a municipal election held a day after the arrest of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who had returned from exile to support the opposition. The ruling Georgian Dream party won 46.7% of votes to 30.7% for the United National Movement (UNM), founded by Saakashvili, according to results released… Read More Georgia’s ruling party wins local election

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he will engage Georgia for release of former president Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday he will personally engage in returning Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili back to Ukraine from a prison in Georgia as he holds a Ukrainian passport. Saakashvili was arrested in Georgia on Friday after the opposition politician returned to the country despite facing imprisonment and called for post-election street… Read More Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he will engage Georgia for release of former president Mikheil Saakashvili

Georgians vote in local elections amid political tensions

Georgians vote in local elections on Saturday that could escalate a political standoff between the ruling party and the opposition a day after the arrest of ex-president and opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili. Saakashvili, who left Georgia in 2013 and was sentenced to prison in absentia in 2018, was arrested on Friday after he returned to… Read More Georgians vote in local elections amid political tensions

Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili arrested following return to country

Georgian police on Friday arrested ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili in Georgia after the opposition politician returned to the country despite facing prison and called for post-election street protests this weekend. Saakashvili, who has been living in Ukraine and was sentenced in absentia in Georgia in 2018, announced this week he would fly home for Saturday’s local… Read More Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili arrested following return to country