Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky 'wins presidency'

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky 'wins presidency'

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

The exit polls got him more than 70% support even as he also dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when more candidates were in the contest, BBC News reports.

Mr Zelensky challenged incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Mr Poroshenko has admitted that he has lost but has said he will not bidding politics farewell anytime soon.

It should be noted that Ukraine's president commands great control over the security, defence and foreign policy of the country.

"I will never let you down," Mr Zelensky told his supporters on Sunday, April 21.

He said that while he is not officially the country's president yet, he is glad to tell them what happened shows that everything is possible.

He said: "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 the polls are correct, Zelensky will be the country's president for the next five years.

In an interesting turn of event, Poroshenko, who has been in power since 2014, only got 25% of the vote.

It should also be recalled that Poroshenko was elected after an uprising removed the country's previous, pro-Russian administration.

The comedian-soon-to-be president, Zelensky, 41, is best known in the country for acting in a political satire in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president. It would now seem that dreams do became realities, or shall we say this is a good example that art is life.

Zelensky has no political experience as seen in his campaigns which mainly focused on how he is different from other candidates rather than on any concrete policy plans.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a China-born entrepreneur, Eric Yuan, who was denied visa by the United States of America government is now a billionaire.

Yuan finally made it to the US two years after his visa rejection and has become a major shareholder of video conference services firm Zoom Video Communications Inc.

The video communications company have raised $751 million in an initial public offering Wednesday, April 17.


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