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Saakashvili threatens to 'throw' Georgian PM Garibashvili out of office

TBILISI. Oct 12 (Interfax) – Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has sent a short message to his supporters from his prison cell in Rustavi.

In his open letter, Saakashvili promises that together with Nikanor Melia, head of United National Movement (UNM), the party the former Georgian president once founded, and side by side with the people of Georgia, he will ‘throw’ Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili out of his office.

"It is exactly Melia and I, who will, together with the people of Georgia, throw Garibashvili out of his office," Saakashvili wrote in his letter.

Eka Kherkheulidze, one of the UNMM leaders, who passed this short message of Saakashvili on from the prison, told reporters that Saakashvili was very mad at Garibashvili, who earlier on Monday expressed doubt that Saakashvili was actually keeping a hunger strike.

"Moreover, when someone says he’s declared a hunger strike, he isn’t supposed to eat half a kilo of honey," Garibashvili said earlier on Monday.

Saakashvili, former Georgian president and currently a citizen of Ukraine, secretly arrived in Georgia from Ukraine on September 29. He was detained in Tbilisi on October 1 and is now being held in a Rustavi prison.

Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. The Georgian authorities have repeatedly warned that he would be detained immediately after crossing the border. Saakashvili has described his detention as unlawful and the charges brought against him as falsified. He has declared a hunger strike.