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    Mikheil Saakashvili, Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Region, reportedly said that the new Odessa customs terminal's staff will only include young people who look like models.

    The new Odessa customs terminal, due to open this fall, will only be staffed by young people who look like models, according to Odessa Region Governor Mikheil Saakashvili, as cited by the Ukrainian news website UNN.

    Saakashvili lashed out at the work of the Odessa customs service, which he said cannot exist in its current form. He called for a completely new approach to the matter, which would entail the creation of a new Odessa customs terminal.

    "All the law enforcement officers will be removed and we will build a new terminal, where young people with model-like looks, rather than custom officers as such, will work," Saakashvili said.

    According to him, all these young people will need to do is sit, smile, and deal with the paperwork, because the rest of their job will be computerized.

    Earlier this year, Saakashvili was officially confirmed as a non-staff advisor to the Ukrainian President; Poroshenko appointed him as Head of the Advisory International Council of Reforms, a consultative body directed "to elaborate proposals and recommendations on the implementation of reforms in Ukraine taking into account the best international experience", according to a presidential decree. He was later tapped to govern the Odessa Region.

    At home, Saakashvili is wanted on charges of murder, the embezzlement of millions of dollars of government funds, masterminding an armed attack against a legislator, and abuse of power. 

    In 2014, Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office asked the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office to take Saakashvili into custody and extradite him to Georgia, but the Ukrainian side refused to cooperate.

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