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Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky Dethrones Poroshenko in Ukraine Elections

The political outlook of Ukraine has taken the most unusual shift, where a comedian playing the role of a president in a television series actually became one. With no political experience, Volodymyr Zelensky marked a landslide victory in the presidential elections on Sunday.

On Monday morning, the 41-year-old was declared the sixth President with only 95 per cent of votes counted. As per the reports, he has been elected with a majority of more than 73 per cent votes, leaving less than 25 per cent of the votes in the ballot box of incumbent Petro Poroshenko.

Overwhelmed by the decisive victory, Zelensky was seen hugging and thanking his supporters in an event broadcast live on Facebook. He was heard telling the people, “I promise I will never betray you.”

On the other hand, Poroshenko conceded his defeat minutes after the exit polls released. Serving from past five years to Ukraine, he had also marked a sweeping victory in the elections of May 2014.

“Next month, I will leave the post of the head of state,” Poroshenko said in his concession speech, promising to remain in politics. “That’s how the majority of Ukrainians decided, and I accept this decision.” He also stated to call the opponent winner for congratulating him.

Volodymyr Zelensky had only announced his plans to run for the president in a New Year’s eve comedy show, making his win completely movie-like. A vast majority elected him for his anti-war and reformist rhetoric, in a country which still remains divided in the east and west. One of the key campaign slogans of the popular TV comedian was to unify the nation.

Although the win is undoubtedly big, the challenges ahead for Zelensky are much greater. The deadly war in eastern Ukraine and the issues over Russia‘s (Hyperlink) 2014 annexation of Crimea are likely to dominate the strategic planning of the latest President, who has not been active in politics before this.

However, he stated, “To all Ukrainians, no matter where you are, I promise that I will never let you down.”

The eccentricity of the win also pulled criticism, where critics stated that his inexperience could be a major drawback in leading a country under the burden of conflicts and corruption.

Although Volodymyr Zelensky has set a global trend in politics, the world awaits to see if he would be as great a president as he was in the TV series.

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