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Ukraine: New Odessa governor Saakashvili meets Poroshenko in Kiev01:30

Ukraine: New Odessa governor Saakashvili meets Poroshenko in Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
June 1, 2015 at 12:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the new governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili in Kiev, Monday.

The Kiev-based leader praised the former Georgian president's proposed policies, placing emphasis on the latter's perceived desire to combat "bureaucracy" and "oligarchy" as well as his goal of cutting the number of workers operating in Odessa's governmental administration. Saakashvili responded by thanking Poroshenko, emphasing the "zero tolerance" attitude towards corruption demanded by Odessa's citizens.

Saakashvili was appointed to his new position after he consistently advised Poroshenko on potential candidates, with the latter eventually suggesting he take up the job. President of Georgia from 2008 to 2013, he was offered the post after the 'Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers' approved his candidature on Friday.

The former Georgian leader is wanted by prosecutors in Georgia for charges of embezzlement, politically-motivated attacks and abuse of power. Despite the existing agreement between the two countries in the field of extradition, the Ukrainian side refused to cooperate on the issue.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the new governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili in Kiev, Monday.

The Kiev-based leader praised the former Georgian president's proposed policies, placing emphasis on the latter's perceived desire to combat "bureaucracy" and "oligarchy" as well as his goal of cutting the number of workers operating in Odessa's governmental administration. Saakashvili responded by thanking Poroshenko, emphasing the "zero tolerance" attitude towards corruption demanded by Odessa's citizens.

Saakashvili was appointed to his new position after he consistently advised Poroshenko on potential candidates, with the latter eventually suggesting he take up the job. President of Georgia from 2008 to 2013, he was offered the post after the 'Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers' approved his candidature on Friday.

The former Georgian leader is wanted by prosecutors in Georgia for charges of embezzlement, politically-motivated attacks and abuse of power. Despite the existing agreement between the two countries in the field of extradition, the Ukrainian side refused to cooperate on the issue.

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