Comedian and Filmmaker Zelenskiy is the New President of Ukraine

Ukraine's presidential exit polls show comedian Zelenskiy in the lead

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An exit poll from Ukraine's presidential election is giving comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy a commanding lead over incumbent Petro Poroshenko.

His unorthodox campaign traded on the character he plays in the TV show, a scrupulously honest schoolteacher who becomes president by accident after an expletive-ridden rant about corruption goes viral.

Medvedev also stressed that the situation in eastern Ukraine must be a priority for the new president. He implemented many reforms, but did not convince voters he was serious about tackling corruption, she said. It will also have an important and far-reaching impact on the complex and sensitive geopolitical relations in Europe.

Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election expected to thrust a comedian with no prior political experience and few detailed policies into the presidency of a nation at war and hungry for change. There was neither mutual accusation of election fraud nor street protests.

Poroshenko, who conceded defeat but said he planned to stay in politics, said on social media he thought Zelenskiy's win would spark celebrations in the Kremlin.

Mustafa Nayyem, whose calls to protest the government when he was a journalist and activist in November 2013 helped spark the Euromaidan uprising that ousted Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych, said Zelenskiy would be smart to heed the advice of civil society.

Miners hold flags during a protest, in front of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev, October 17, 2018.

When Poroshenko came to power in 2014, the whole country had high hopes.




Russian Federation that year annexed Crimea and has backed separatists in a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed some 13,000 people.

After casting his vote, 41-year-old Zelensky said: "Today it will be the victory of Ukrainians, the victory of Ukraine, and - I hope - the victory of a fair choice".

In Zelenskiy's camp, that dig at the president-elect prompted some to doubt Poroshenko's promise of a smooth transition.

Zelensky's only previous political role has been playing the President on television. "I am the result of your mistakes and promises".

If the poll is right, Mr. Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, will now take over the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky's "Public Servant Party" was founded less than a year ago and barely has any influence in parliament.

Voter turnout stood at 62 per cent.

The 41-year-old Zelensky, with little political experience, has yet to elaborate on how he will run the country on the frontline of confrontation between Russian Federation and the West. Ukraine will face even greater turbulence if foreign forces weigh in.

U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the many leaders who sent messages of support to Zelenskiy after his win. I am afraid no one can say for sure what is in store for him and the Ukrainian people.

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