Comedian Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency by landslide

Volodymyr Zelensky starred in a satirical drama in which his character accidentally becomes presiden

Volodymyr Zelensky starred in a satirical drama in which his character accidentally becomes presiden

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a run-off election to become the country’s next president by a landslide, exit polls suggest.

The polls give him more than 70% support. He dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when 39 candidates were on the ticket.

Mr Zelensky challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko.

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Mr Poroshenko has admitted defeat but told supporters gathered in Kiev that he will not leave politics.

“I will never let you down,” Mr Zelensky told supporters on Sunday.

He added: “While I am not formally president yet, as a citizen of Ukraine I can tell all post-Soviet countries: ‘Look at us! Everything is possible!'”

If polls are correct, he will be elected for a five-year term.

Ukraine’s president holds significant powers over the security, defence and foreign policy of the country.

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