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    Georgian President Rescinds Predecessor Mikheil Saakashvili's Citizenship

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    Former president of Georgia, and current governor of Ukraine's Odesa Region, Mikheil Saakashvili had his Georgian citizenship revoked by presidential decree on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Georgia's president Giorgi Margvelashvili canceled his predecessor's citizenship by presidential decree N378 "On Citizenship," with the document subsequently published on the official presidential website.

    Having been barred from seeking re-election in Georgia in 2013, Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in late May 2015, a day before becoming the governor of the Odesa Region. Dual citizenship is prohibited under Georgian law.

    The procedure to revoke Saakashvili's citizenship began in late October, with the Georgian Justice Ministry passing the resolution to Margvelashvili on Thursday. Saakashvili was notified of the ongoing proceedings on November 3, according to the ministry.

    Mikheil Saakashvili served as Georgia's president between 2004 and 2013. Criminal charges were filed against him by the Georgian Prosecutor's Office in July 2014, for exceeding his powers as well as illegally seizing assets from businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013.

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