Ukraine Names Georgia's Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili Governor of Odessa
The one-sentence decree on President Poroshenko’s site does not elaborate about the appointment, but in remarks to the Odessa region’s administration, Poroshenko described the 47-year-old former Georgian head of state as someone with the reformist background needed for the region, news agencies reported.
During Saakashvili's 2004-2013 tenure as president of Georgia, Poroshenko said, Georgia became "more transparent, effective thanks to [his] anti-corruption reform; more attractive for foreign investors" and a place where citizens' rights were defended.
"That's how I want to see Ukraine. That's how I would want to see Odessa," a statement on the president's website quoted Poroshenko as saying.
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