EU Enlargement to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus
Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, co-sponsored with Near Eastern Studies, and the European Union Program.
The Honorable Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia
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Date/Time: 12/10/13 at 12:00 pm - 12/10/13 at 1:20 pm
Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013. He is the founder and leader of the United National Movement Party. Involved in national politics since 1995, Saakashvili became president of Georgia in January 2004 after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned in the November 2003 bloodless "Rose Revolution." Saakashvili was re-elected in the Georgian presidential election on 5 January 2008.
In 1995, Mikheil Saakashvili was elected to the Georgian Parliament initiating Georgia's first merit-based selection of judges. On October 12, 2000, he was appointed minister of justice of Georgia, where he addressed prison reform and investigated post-Soviet Georgian corruption in the police and at the highest governmental levels.