President Poroshenko has acted to remove former Georgian leader
Mikheil Saakashvili from Ukraine, having Saakashvili arrested and
bundled onto a private jet which flew
him to Poland.
unceremonious removal from Ukraine appears to have been made at a
time when legal proceedings to decide whether or not he should be
removed from Ukraine were still underway. If so then
Saakashvili’s removal is arguably illegal and shows contempt for
the processes of the Ukrainian court.
doubt however that anyone in Ukraine would either be surprised about
that or would much care about it, and – sad to say – I doubt that
the vigilant upholders of the law, human rights and due process in
the US and EU, who claim to be Ukraine’s friends and who talk about
steering Ukraine towards law governed EU-style democracy, would much
care about it either.
removal from Ukraine removes from the Ukrainian political scene –
at least for the moment – a political adventurer who had become
something of a thorn in President Poroshenko’s side.
actually has only minimal levels of political support in Ukraine.
problem for President Poroshenko is that there is not much support
for him in Ukraine either – his approval rating has collapsed –
so that any challenge to him from any quarter – including it seems
from a figure as discredited and as unpopular as Saakashvili – is
apparently more than he can tolerate.
fact that Ukraine is due to hold Presidential elections next year
almost certainly gave Poroshenko an extra incentive to get
Saakashvili out of the country before the election cycle began, and
he has now acted to make that happen.