IMF's Lagarde tells Ukraine president to speed up reforms

Laura Christensen
December 9, 2017

Ukraine's general prosecutor said on Friday police had recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody by his supporters in dramatic scenes earlier this week.

Lagarde said she and Poroshenko had discussed the need to safeguard the independence of NABU and similar institutions and that they agreed on the urgency of establishing an anti-corruption court. He then served as Georgian president for a decade.

Saakashvili resigned as mayor of Odessa after declaring he could not remain in the position due to corruption that President Poroshenko was sponsoring and enabling.

Saaksahvili became a regional governor in Ukraine at Poroshenko's invitation, But he later turned on his one-time patron, accusing the Ukrainian leader of corruption.

Ukrainian authorities this week have faced accusations of deliberately sabotaging anti-corruption reforms, which are a key condition for worldwide support for the country as it grapples with a Russian-backed separatist insurgency.

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On Tuesday, police tried to arrest Saakashvili at his apartment building. The van was surrounded by a throng of supporters who eventually were able to free him.

Saakashvili rejects the allegations, pointing to his long record of opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The search of Saakashvili's home was conducted two days after his Movement of New Forces party organized a rally in Kyiv calling for Poroshenko's impeachment and for legislation that would allow it to take place. The 49-year-old is facing the threat of possible extradition to Georgia, where he is wanted on criminal charges he says were trumped up for political reasons.

In a letter sent to his supporters Saakashvili encouraged the Ukrainian people to join the march against President Petro Poroshenko.

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