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Saakashvili's movement became party

"This is a new step toward a formation of a new political class of the country."

Saakashvili's movement became party
Photo: Photo: Max Trebukhov

The public Movement of New Forces headed by Mikheil Saakashvili became a political party, the former Georgian reformer announced on Facebook 28 February.

Saakashvili said the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine officially registered his political party "Movement of New Forces." The registry on the website of Ministry of Justice last updated on 18 January does not mention the new party.

"This seemingly a small change makes our Movement one step closer to the formation of a fundamentally new political class in the country," he said.

The MNF was established as a social movement in November 2016. At the very first meeting of the MNF Saakashvili demanded early elections to the Verkhovna Rada on a new electoral law, under a new composition of the Central Election Commission and with the abolition of parliamentary immunity.

In the summer of 2016, the supporters of Saakashvili announced the establishment of the Khvylya (Wave) party, but Saakashavili disowned it in November, saying "Khvylya is a process, and process cannot be a party."