Saakashvili plans to set up new party

Saakashvili plans to set up new party

Former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Region, Mikheil Saakashvili, claims that he is ready to set up a new party called Hvylya (Wave) for participation in early parliamentary elections.

"It may be established depending on whether there will be an early election," Saakashvili told Korrespondent magazine. Earlier, he had urged President Pyotr Poroshenko to call early parliamentary elections that might bring about a 90% renewal of the bodies of power. However, last April, Saakashvili claims, "a deal was clinched".

"(Arsen) Avakov has remained interior minister, while the post of deputy prosecutor general went to a man with a Popular Front background (Dmitry Storozhuk) to block criminal proceedings that might have been opened against Arseny Yatsenyuk (former Popular Front leader)," TASS cited him as saying.

Saakashvili also said that Poroshenko at a certain point "openly invited him to take the prime-minister’s seat, the position of the leader of his party (Solidarity) and many other things," adding that he refused.