the 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskyj has seemingly the greatest backing ahead of the first round of the presidential election, with close to 21 percent support, according to the last opinion poll. Zelenskyj became known to the public through a tv series where he plays a middle school teacher as a result of a chain of unlikely events takes all the way to the president.
Volodymyr Zelenskyjs success has been interpreted by many as being there is a longing for a breath of fresh air in the political establishment, not least amongst the young voters.
" Young ukrainians have a huge political interest. But many do feel a powerlessness in the face of the whole state apparatus, " says Mi Lennhag, Östeuropaexpert at Lund university.
at the same time there is speculation around the Zelenskyjs links to the brottsmisstänkte oligarch Ihor Kolomojskyj, which owns the television company where Zelenskyj has carried his successful election campaign.
– It indicates that Zelenskyj may not be as independent as he wants to appear to be, " says Mi Lennhag.
the percent support is the 53-year-old incumbent president, Petro Porosjenko touted to go on to the second round. Referred to as "chokladkungen" he is one of Ukraine's richest businessmen, with a background in, among other things konfektyrbranschen.
In June 2014 was sworn Petro Porosjenko in as Ukraine's president, after Majdanrevolten who got the Moskvatrogne Viktor Yanukovych set aside. The president has many critics, including the view that he failed to take action against the widespread corruption.
– Confidence in the Porosjenko drops. But it may be that you vote on him because you will not find any better option.
During his time as president Petro Porosjenko has stood for a pro-line – something that has earned him enemies in Moscow.
– Porosjenko is the candidate that Russia enough time spared, " says Mi Lennhag.
the political question is nothing new for Yulia Tymoshenko, who has around ten per cent support, according to the latest poll.
the 58-year-old Tymoshenko has been added, and set aside, who is both deputy prime minister and prime minister several times since she began her political career in 1999.
After being challenged Viktor Yanukovych if the presidential elections in 2010, but lost, " explained the parliament mistrust against Yulia Tymoshenko. The following year, she was sentenced to prison for abuse of power.
the Crime allegedly committed when Tymoshenko negotiated a gas contracts with Russia during her time as prime minister. The judgment has been called politically motivated by both the EU and the united states.
Tymoshenko has had many different roles and experienced enough that consumed as politicians of many, " says Mi Lennhag.
President – elect will become automatically the commander in chief of the army of Ukraine, and I think that many find it difficult to see how a woman can have that role.
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