Ukraine: Zelenskiy outshined Poroshenko on way to victory

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

The saying “He who laughs last, laughs longest” may turn out to be doubly applicable to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Making people laugh has been his main occupation for years — and it looks like now he has had the last laugh in his improbable landslide victory in the runoff of Ukraine’s presidential election.

In the first round, on March 31, Zelenskiy got about 30%, almost twice as many votes as the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, whom he faced again on Sunday. Exit polls indicated he garnered 73% of the vote, with the incumbent eking out a mere 25%.

Zelenskiy has been sworn in as president of the former Soviet republic once before — on film. As the leading actor in the popular TV comedy series Servant of the People, Zelenskiy played a history teacher who becomes president through a series of unusual events.


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