US ambassador on Saakashvili’s alleged return: what Georgia needs is a calm election environment

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has expressed hope that the October 2 municipal elections will point at progress in Georgia’s democratic development. Photo: US embassy press office., 30 Sep 2021 - 13:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has commented on Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s alleged plan to return to Georgia on October 2, the day of municipal elections in the country, and said that ‘what Georgia needs now is a peaceful, calm election environment and not political instability and violence.’ 

Degnan said that many statements have been made on the alleged return of Saakashvili and she had no plans to go into details. 

She said that elections should improve upon previous political races.

Degnan says that improvements are a sign that a country is devoted to democratic development.

Saakashvili has released an image of a reserved ticket for the evening of October 2.

The ruling Georgian Dream party and state officials say that the former president will be arrested if he really returns.