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Presidential election in Ukraine: a comedian in front of incumbent

At the presidential election in Ukraine is the comedian Selenskij according to forecasts, significantly ahead of incumbent President Poroshenko and Ex-Prime Minister Tymoshenko. The final decision must fall in a runoff.

The comedian and political newcomer Vladimir Selenskij has won, according to initial forecasts, the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine. He came to 30.4 percent of the votes, and must thus on the 21. April in a runoff election, as the post-election surveys of the two institutions.

His opponent is the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, has reached these first data show that 17.8 percent of the votes. The former head of government Yulia Tymoshenko was 14.2 percent in third place.

Selenskij came as a rookie in the policy. He plays in a popular TV series of the Ukrainian President. As his character has focused Selenskij on the fight against corruption. He has proposed a lifetime ban on the exercise of public office to anyone who has been convicted of corruption.

"A new life, a normal life starts now," said Selenskij at the time of his voting. "A life without corruption, without bribes." He also calls for direct negotiations with Russia over an end to the conflict with Pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

presidential elections in Ukraine: political newcomer and Comedy Star Selenski's ahead
tagesschau at 20:00, 31.03.2019, Ina Ruck, ARD Kiev

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