Zelensky Wins Ukrainian Presidency

Kiev, Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky

has scored a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election.

With nearly all ballots counted in the run-off vote, Zelensky had

taken more than 73% with incumbent Petro Poroshenko trailing far

behind on 24%.

Poroshenko, who admitted defeat after the first exit polls were

published, has said he will not be leaving politics.

Zelensky starred in the long-running satirical drama Servant of

the People in which his character accidentally becomes Ukraine’s


He ran under a political party with the same name as his show.

Zelensky’s campaign focused on his difference to the other

candidates rather than on any concrete policy ideas.

Despite this, he won the first round with more than 30% of the

vote – almost double what Poroshenko got when he finished in second

place with 15.95%, the BBC news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency