Stay the slow and not-quite-steady course with a deeply unpopular but seasoned leader who knows the ropes and has taken Ukraine westward despite foot-dragging on reforms and a failure to tackle entrenched corruption. Go with another veteran, a political survivor with a dodgy past twice imprisoned by opponents who has lost two presidential elections but is banking on public disappointment and populist promises to carry her to victory. Or take a chance on a comedian with no experience in politics and governing but who has managed to tap into an antiestablishment mood similar to what's brought unconventional leaders to power in the West by appealing directly to them for answers. With incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and actor-turned-candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy leading the race, this appears to be the choice before more than 35 million eligible Ukrainian voters on March If no one wins the presidency outright with more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held on April
Volodymyr Zelensky in major lead in Ukraine presidential election runoff: Biography, quotes
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Matthew S. Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy center right defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a landslide. For years he has played a high school history teacher who accidentally became president of Ukraine. On Sunday, Ukraine's voters made that fiction a reality.
Ukraine's Zelensky wins presidential vote
Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president on television, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by several think tanks. Poroshenko lost to the television star across all regions of the country, including in the west where he traditionally enjoyed strong support. It was an extraordinary outcome to a campaign that started as a joke but struck a chord with voters frustrated by poverty, corruption and a five-year war that has claimed some 13, lives. The year-old star of TV series "Servant of the People" will now take the helm of a country of 45 million people beset by challenges and having run on the vaguest of political platforms.
With over 90 percent of the ballots counted, Zelenskiy had 73 percent of the vote with Poroshenko at just under 25 percent. Zelenskiy, 41, also took the first round of the election on March The former entertainer and political novice recently starred in a popular TV series, "Servant of the People," in which he played a history teacher who is elected president after his rant about government corruption goes viral. Anything is possible!