Monday, November 7 2016 20:51 EET
Ukraine
Regress powers attack everything progressive: Odesa Governor Saakashvili decided to resign and named the main reason
Odesa, Governor, Mikheil Saakashvili,  resignation, President, Petro Poroshenko, corruption,  Cabinet of Ministers, Administration

Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili announced his resignation today, on November 7th. He names as the main reason - corruption and blames the President for not tackling it.

Saakashvili in May 2015 was appointed as Chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration. Today Saakashvili decided to leave the post.

"I decided to resign and start a new stage of the struggle. I will not give up, and I will not get tired. They better not hope and expect to get rid of me," Saakashvili said.

Among the main arguments ex-Governor underlined:

"We can see that regress powers attack everything progressive. We can see that all new beginnings are cracked down on. And all this happens in full view of Ukraine. […] I am sick of it. What's the difference for Ukrainians who will care in the least about them - Poroshenko or Yanukovych? What's the difference for Ukrainians, who will rob them – guys from Yenakievo or Kononenko? What's the difference, who will embezzle everything – some Kovalchuk or Kluyev? What is the difference to people?

Mikheil Saakashvili says he helped Poroshenko to oust Yatseniuk, but it did not help to fight corruption

In his speech about his reasons for resigning, Mikheil Saakashvili said he helped to remove Arseniy Yatseniuk from power - in order to stop corruption in the government.

He also accuses the President and the government of corruption and support of illegal schemes.

Saakashvili has already sent resignation papers to Presidential Administration. Mikheil Saakashvili submitted documents for his resignment to the Presidential Administration, his press secretary Daryna Chyzh reports.

The president's office does not comment on whether they have received the papers yet, the officials explained: Petro Poroshenko will sign the resignation papers if the Cabinet of Ministers would provide the necessary papers, and then the Presidential Administration promises in this case to investigate "the real reasons for resignment".