Comedian Zelenskiy Appears To Get Last Laugh With Landslide Victory In Ukraine’s Presidential Poll


Television comic and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy appears headed for a landslide victory over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a strong rebuke of establishment politics amid a struggling economy and war in the country’s east.

With 25.7 percent of the ballots counted in the April 21 second-round vote, Zelenskiy had 73.2 percent, compared with just 24.4 percent for the 53-year-old billionaire businessman, mirroring exit polls.

Zelenskiy has described his candidacy as “a simple man who has come to destroy this system,” in a reference to public perceptions that Ukraine’s politics and society are mired in corruption and nepotism against the backdrop of a draining five-year war against Russia-backed separatists.

Poroshenko, who conceded soon after an early National Exit Poll was released, had cast himself as the candidate capable of blunting Russian aggression.