Comedian wins plurality in Ukrainian election; run-off April 21

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A Trump-type non-politician who plays a comedian-turned-president has won a plurality in Sunday’s Ukrainian election, with a run-off between the two top vote-getters set for April 21.

Volodymyr Zelensky, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV show, secured 30.4 percent of the vote on Sunday, early results showed. Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire magnate and Ukraine’s current leader, received 17.8 percent. With no-one expected to secure a majority when the final results are confirmed later on Monday, the two largely pro-EU candidates are set to go head-to-head in a run-off vote on April 21.

Though his lead in the first election is large, no one should assume he will win the plurality.


One comment

  • Cotour

    Related: An American comedian comments on an American actor in a TV show that has turned into a political and legal hot potato.

    No direct politics involved, although there is plenty of politics in the mix, its just funny and sad at the same time.

    What the hell was he thinking?

    As for the population of a country electing actors that they see on their TV’s, I suppose that it can go either way. We have had Reagan and that worked out OK, and now we have Trump, who is a kind of TV star. And I like very much where that is going.

    People like the story that they have created in their heads and those on TV who tend to pander to and reinforce those story lines has an advantage. The result of which remains to be seen in the Ukrain.

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