Georgia’s parliament has arrested opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili and two others for alleged corruption.
Saakashvais arrest was part of a broader government crackdown against dissent, which has seen the president’s popularity plummet as the country braces for parliamentary elections later this year.
Saakas arrest comes as Saakashes ruling party is under increasing pressure to step down following allegations of corruption.
Georgia’s government has accused Saakats ruling party of corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement.
It also accuses Saakasa of undermining the rule of law by refusing to resign.
Saakeashviles supporters say he is being framed by the opposition for allegedly undermining the country’s democracy and corruption.
“The people have made it clear that they will not tolerate corruption and corruption will continue until we see justice,” opposition leader Alexander Zagulashvile said in a televised speech, referring to the president.
“We have made clear our intention to fight, and the people will see that.
We are ready for this fight.
We will not be quiet,” he said.”
People will see the results.
I am confident that the people of Georgia will not accept the result,” he added.
Georgia is not the only country in Europe where the governing party is facing criticism for alleged mismanagement and corruption, including in Germany, where Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term.
In January, the EU said the Georgian government was guilty of “unacceptable” practices in handling the financial crisis.
Saakhashvil, a former prime minister who served as foreign minister and as speaker of parliament, said the EU had been “inundated” with requests for information, including about his arrest.
He said the European Union had not given him any response to any of the requests.
Georgia has also faced criticism for failing to deliver on the promises of the International Monetary Fund, which it won in the 2009 bailout agreement.
The International Monetary and Development Association said in March that Georgia was “not in a position to meet its financial obligations to the IMF and other donors”.
Saakas office was raided in July 2016 in an apparent effort to silence him and other opposition figures.
Saakhashvs arrest comes after Georgia’s authorities said they were investigating Saakases wife over allegations of abuse of powers.
Saashas wife is the only one of his five children who has not been detained.