Comedian Zelenskiy Leads Presidential Polling In Ukraine

A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential election first round on Sunday, exit polls showed. 

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. 

 Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, who plays a fictional president in a TV show, had consistently led opinion polls in a three-horse race against incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

No candidate is expected to receive more than half the votes, meaning the election would go to a runoff on April 21.

 Out of a crowded field of 39 candidates, none of the likely winners wants to move Ukraine back into Russia’s orbit. 

 “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the Ukrainians who did not vote just for fun,” Zelenskiy told cheering supporters on Sunday evening. “It is only the beginning, we will not relax.” 

 In keeping with the relaxed style of his campaign, Zelenskiy’s election night venue provided a bar with free alcohol, table football and table tennis games.


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