In Odesa, Ukraine’s Reform Agenda Faces Crucial Test
National public-opinion polls have repeatedly indicated that Saakashvili is the most popular politician in Ukraine — remarkable for someone who was only granted citizenship
, reportedly by presidential decree, earlier this year. His anointed candidate’s failure to win office in October and his increasingly frequent forays into the national limelight, however, hint at the sustained effort it will take to retool this historic city on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.
The attraction of an outsider can play well for a while in any political arena, but a maverick governor trying to take on the familiar grip of a corrupt system in Odesa could be about to test its limits.
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