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Connector of the Day: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili

October 14th, 2009
08:54 PM ET

LONDON, England - President of the Republic of Georgia since 2004, Mikhail Saakashvili's time in office has been marked by a deterioration in the country's relations with Russia.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili at a memorial service in Tbilisi, August 7, 2009

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili at a memorial service in Tbilisi, August 7, 2009

A recent report into a five-day clash between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 concluded that relations between the two were at an "all-time low."

The report, by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia, found that historical tensions and an overreaction on both sides contributed to the conflict last year that claimed 850 lives. Read more

On Thursday, Saakashvili will become CNN's first head of state "Connector of the Day."

Send him your questions - What do you want to know about his presidency, his view on relations with Russia, his plans for the future and his legacy in Georgia?

Saakashvili rose to power in Georgia in 2004 after leading the "Rose Revolution" which forced the resignation of his predecessor, Eduard Shevardnadze.

He came into office with a vow to crack down on corruption and to improve the well-being of the average Georgian.

His pro-Western stance has earned him friends outside the country, but he has attracted criticism from some quarters for his style of leadership.

In April, as many as 60,000 demonstrators took to the country's streets, blaming the president for Georgia's escalating problems with Russia. They also were angry about rising poverty in the country.

Saakashvili has been defiant in the face of anti-government protest and has vowed to remain in office until his term ends.

He is the youngest national president in Europe, and a family man with two young sons - if you want to ask him anything about the challenges of his extraordinary life add a comment below.

Connect the World, Thursday October 15 at 2000 GMT