Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide, a final national exit poll showed on Sunday.
- Petro Poroshenko tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag and national identity
- Zelenskiy is a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies
KIEV: Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday conceded he had been soundly defeated in a run-off vote by comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and would be leaving office next month, but said he did not plan to quit politics altogether.
Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after an exit poll showed Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies, had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war.
The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.
Poroshenko said the results were “clear” and a reason to “call my opponent and congratulate him”, after exit polls showed the performer taking 73 per cent of the vote.
“I will leave office but I want to firmly stress — I will not quit politics,” he added.
Zelensky vowed to “reboot” peace talks with separatists that also involve Russia and the West.
“In any case, we will act within the Normandy framework, we will continue with the Minsk talks, we will reboot them,” Zelensky told a news conference.
“I think we will have personnel changes there,” he added.