PM Garibashvili: Saakashvili is a fake Hitler

  • Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili has made a comparison between former president Saakashvili and Germany's wartime dictator Hitler while speaking about relations between the former and Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement opposition party.

Agenda.ge, 22 Oct 2021 - 13:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says the country’s currently arrested former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, ‘is trying to imitate Adolf Hitler, but he is a fake Hitler.’ 

He stated earlier today that Nike Melia, current head of Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) party, ‘will soon be removed from the post by Saakashvili’s decision.’ 

In his previous comments, Garibashvili said that Melia ‘strongly dislikes Saakashvili’ and that he is happy with the former president’s imprisonment.

Garibashvili also said that Melia has ‘no chance’ of defeating the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) mayoral candidate of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze, in municipal election run-offs on October 30. 

He also commented on a video of Saakashvili exclusively released by Imedi TV yesterday, in which the former president is in a truck loaded with dairy products, heading from Ukraine to Georgia. 

Garibashvili says that 'it is a shame' Saakashvili was running the country for nine years. Photo: government of Georgia press office.

The video shows that Saakashvili allegedly did not completely trust the truck driver Elguja Tsomaia, who supported Saakashvili in illegally crossing into Georgia from Ukraine,  and is inventing a scenario about what to say if they are caught by police. 

Saakashvili is under the influence of something in the video… It is impossible to take him (Saakashvili) seriously after watching the video. It is a shame and a tragedy that the man was running the country for nine years,” Garibashvili said. 

Garibashvili has urged voters to actively participate in run-offs to finally ‘defeat and end the UNM, the evil force.’ 

GD party head Irakli Kobakhidze also stated that Saakashvili ‘is fake in everything - in the video, in his hunger strike and in his return.’ 

 

Saakashvili claims that he returned to Georgia after eight years in political exile to help his UNM party replace the ‘pro-Russian Georgian Dream.’ 

He was convicted in Georgia in absentia back in 2018 for abuse of authority and was sentenced to six years in prison. 

Saakashvili has also been charged with four other offences which he says are ‘politically motivated.’ 

He has been on hunger strike since his arrest in Tbilisi on October 1. However, the government and GD officials say that Saakashvili is receiving honey and fresh juice in Rustavi Prison No.12. 

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