According to Mikheil Saakashvili, he arrived in Georgia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs denies the information

Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili proclaimed on October 1 that he had arrived in Georgia. In a video posted on Facebook, which was shot late at night, Saakashvili is allegedly addressing citizens from the city of Batumi. Earlier, he published a Kiev-Tbilisi ticket dated October 2 and said he would be in Tbilisi soon.

According to the media, the Ministry of Internal Affairs does not confirm the information and says that the former president has not crossed the border.

In a video address, the former president called on citizens to support the United National Movement and Nika Melia, as well as those “other small parties” who “are sympathetic to you and honest.” “Do not vote for either Ivanishvili or Gakharia, who promises to lock me up in prison. “Neither to the small parties that are receiving money from Ivanishvili,” he added.

Saakashvili also called on voters to gather at Freedom Square on October 3, the second day of the local self-government elections. “If we occur to be 100,000  no one can defeat us,” Saakashvili said, “I, of course, will join you,” he stated. “On the morning of October 3, we will depart from all over Georgia to Tbilisi to defend the election results. I will join one of such columns, “-Saakashvili stated.

Mamuka Mdinaradze, chairman of the Georgian Dream parliamentary faction, told reporters that “there is unmistakable information” that Saakashvili had not left Ukraine, “he is trapped somewhere in a den, hiding from everyone to create the illusion that he is in Georgia.”He also suggested that the videos published by Saakashvili are so-called. “Deepfake”. Mdinaradze also added that “as soon as [Saakashvili] sets foot in [Georgia], he will be where he should be – [in prison].”

Irakli Kobakhidze, the chairman of the Georgian Dream, also denied reports of Mikheil Saakashvili’s arrival in the country, saying that the videos released by the former president were “not recorded in Georgia.”

The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili stated: “The reaction of the government is not what the society expects and what will calm it down and return it to the pre-election mood.”

Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Darakhvelidze also commented on Saakashvili’s possible return. “We had active communication with the Ukrainian side. “I can tell you for sure that Mikheil Saakashvili did not leave the state border of Ukraine,” he said.

United Opposition Poti mayoral candidate Gigi Ugulava said that, If they deny Misha’s return, their constituents will do the same. If they say that it is true, then their voters will turn to Gakharia, in principle, if you can not protect me from Misha, Gakharia will protect me. Opposition voters, meanwhile, are excited. I saw it with my own eyes 

Mamuka Khazaradze, the leader of the party “Lelo for Georgia” said, “If this is the case, then it is proof that we have no state, no structures, no border, no Ministry of Internal Affairs. If that’s the case, it means the state has collapsed. “

 

Salome Zurabishvili says that a coalition government is necessary

In an interview with the French publication on September 28, Zurabishvili said that “after a government formed by the ruling majority for 9 years, it is clear that a coalition government is necessary.”

As Zurabishvili points out in an interview, it is difficult to see how the coalition government will be able to function when the positions are so antagonistic. At the same time, according to Zurabishvili, whether the deep political crisis in Georgia is over or not, the upcoming local elections will reveal it.

“It is very difficult to overcome polarization. After 9 years of a government formed by the ruling majority, it is clear that a coalition government is necessary. However, it is difficult to see how it will be able to function when the positions are so inimical, ”Zurabishvili said.

Prime minister Irakli Garibashvili stated that Ex-president Saakashvili was arrested.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili held a press-briefing, where he stated that Saakashvili was arrested by a police force. 

Earlier Georgian authorities have denied information that the ex-President had returned to the country. According to the alleged information Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi. He in Rustavi Prison and Public Defender is on her way to meet him. 

Further information regarding the topic will be provided in our next digest 

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