Saakashvili's Ukraine gambit a typically headstrong move

Mikheil Saakashvili's brash attempt Sunday to enter Ukraine echoes the day he burst into the Georgian parliament with a crowd of supporters, chased the president out of the building and into resignation, and set himself up as the country's next leader.

Saakashvili's seemingly fireproof self-confidence and headstrong actions brought him both admiration and disdain as Georgia's leader and later as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region. His native Georgia wants him extradited. Ukraine has stripped him of citizenship.

Elected as Georgia's president at age 36 soon after the 2003 parliament storming, the U.S.-trained lawyer served nine years in the post. His energetic reforms helped pull the former Soviet republic out of a morass of corruption and confusion.

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