Global Conference 2010
Mikheil Saakashvili is President of Georgia. He was elected to Parliament in 1995 and 1999. In 2000, then-President Eduard Shevardnadze appointed him minister of justice. When the government refused to investigate the murder of a journalist in 2001, Saakashvili resigned his post and his party in protest. As an independent, he was re-elected to Parliament but later resigned again. In 2003, his defeat in another corrupt parliamentary election gave birth to the Rose Revolution, a massive nonviolent protest that culminated in Saakashvili and crowds of his supporters entering Parliament to stop the election′s certification. A special election swept him into the presidency the following year; he won re-election in 2008. Saakashvili graduated from Kiev University, received a law degree from Columbia University, studied law at the doctoral level at the George Washington University National Center of Law and was awarded a diploma in Comparative Law of Human Rights at the Strasbourg Human Rights International Institute.