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Georgia. Mikheil Saakashvili. The former president’s health is deteriorating, but he does not intend to end his hunger strike

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The health condition of the arrested Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike for 17 days, is deteriorating, said the personal doctor of the former Georgian president Nikoloz Kipshiiga. Supporters of Saakashvili are demanding his release, and 70,000 people have already signed a petition on this matter.


“His health is deteriorating, which was quite predictable, but he does not intend to end his hunger strike, he is morally immune,” Kipszydze said on Sunday, quoted by the Russian agency Interfax. He added that Saakashvili “can barely walk, he is pale, but does not require urgent medical intervention at the moment.”

A demonstration in defense of Saakashvili in Tbilisi. Photo taken on October 15th ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE / PAP / EPA

Return despite the allegations

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Saakashvili was arrested on October 1, after coming to Georgia from Ukraine, where he had lived for the past few years. The former president intended to “mobilize supporters” ahead of the local elections held in the country the day after his arrest.

The former leader returned to the country despite the final and binding sentences. A Georgian court in absentia sentenced him to six years in prison for abuses of power. Saakashvili’s lawyers maintain that the criminal cases against him, initiated after opponents from the pro-Russian Georgian Dream came to power, are politically motivated.

Rallies in defense of Saakashvili

On October 15, at least 50,000 hit the streets of Tbilisi supporters of Saakashvili. They demanded his release. On Saturday, his opponents protested in front of the arrest in the city of Rustavi, where Saakashvili is staying. They shouted that he was a “dictator” and would not allow his release.

A petition demanding the release of the former president within five days was signed by 70,000 people, newsgeorgia.ge reported, citing the announcement of the United National Movement party founded by Saakashvili.

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