26 Apr 2018 17:51

Saakashvili links Georgian billionaire Ivanishvili's return to politics to developments in Armenia

TBILISI. April 26 (Interfax) - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has said that the return of former Georgian prime minister, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to politics is related to the developments in Armenia.

Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday: "Ivanishvili scared by the overthrow of oligarchy in neighboring Armenia had to leave the comfort of tree shadows and again seek personal protection in open politics."

"This year we will do away with Ivanishvili's rule and the poverty of the people simultaneously," he said.

Previously Saakashvili against whom Georgia has launched several criminal cases said many times he intends to return to his home country.

On Thursday Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced Ivanishvili's comeback. Ivanishvili will head the ruling Georgian Dream party.

Earlier the billionaire repeatedly stated that he did not intend to get back to politics.

The Georgian opposition regularly accuses Ivanishvili of covertly running the country.