Ukrainian comedian Zelensky wins presidential election in landslide

Kiev - Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won the presidential election with almost three-quarters of the votes, state media reported on Monday.

Zelensky received about 73 per cent of the votes on Sunday versus incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who received about 24 per cent, state news agency Ukrinform reported after more than 97 per cent of the votes had been counted.

Zelensky, a dark horse candidate who has never before held a political post, plays a fictional candidate on a popular television show. He has presented himself as an alternative to a political establishment that has long struggled with entrenched corruption.
"I'm just a person, a person who has come to break the system," Zelensky said in a debate with Poroshenko last week in Kiev's Olympic Stadium. Poroshenko accused him of "making a mockery of the country."
Poroshenko led the country through its toughest period in post-Soviet history, with the Ukrainian military battling pro-Russian separatists near the Russian border for the past five years.
While the country has struggled with the conflict, Poroshenko has appeared slow in enacting expected reforms following the pro-Western revolution that brought him to power.
Amid the devastation of the conflict, Ukraine is broadly expected to continue a pro-Western course no matter who wins the election, pundits have told dpa.


Monday, April 22nd 2019

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