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Presidential election in Ukraine : comedian Selenski is in the first round of clear on the front

policy-newcomer against incumbent: in the EU-aspiring Ukraine has to decide in a run-off election of their new President. The comedian Vladimir Selenski was, although according to forecasts, a clear winner in the presidential election on Sunday. The 41-Year-old but missed the absolute majority. He has a choice, therefore, is in a runoff with the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. Both are available for a clear Western orientation of Ukraine. The runoff is expected to be on Easter Sunday (21. April).

The actor Selenski came to Choice of follow-up interviews to around 30 per cent of the votes. Poroshenko landed in the hands of only 17.8 percent. Meaningful results of the election were expected later on Monday night. The power struggle between the comedian and the "Schokozar", as Poroshenko due to his confectionery Empire is called, is likely to be exciting. Both sides Woo the voters in the losing camp.

Poroshenko's bitter opponent, the Ex-head of government Julia Tymoshenko, ended up, according to forecasts, with 14.2 percent of the vote in third place.

surveys had seen Selenski in the first and in the second ballot, as the winner. He plays in the popular TV series, "Sluha narodu" - servants of the people - a down-to-earth and honest President. In doing so, he denounces about corruption. In the Ex-Soviet Republic, the frustration of many people about the lack of progress.

allegations against Poroshenko

could select the beneficiaries, about 30 million choice in a field of 39 candidates. So many candidates, there was never a vote on the most powerful Post in the country. The election on Sunday was largely peaceful. Occasionally there were allegations of Manipulation.

The Russian-backed breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the war zone Donbass did not take part in the vote. The security arrangements were not in the country. Tens of thousands of forces were turned off to prevent incidents.

The election was considered as a great mood test according to the Pro-European protests on the Maidan, the independence square in Kiev, five years ago. The uprising, in which more than 100 people died, led in 2014 to the change of power. At the time of the super-rich had won an entrepreneur Poroshenko, after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych in the first ballot with about 55 percent of the vote. Many people accuse Poroshenko today to have the war not with his politics exacerbates poverty ended. Around 13,000 people have died in the war zone Donbass.

In the Ukrainian capital, people made in Sunny spring weather with your voice. Some had to contend with the 80-cm-long ballot as a Reporter for the German press Agency observed. The turnout was around 15.00 PM local time (1400 GMT), about 45 percent, the Commission said.

The comedian Selenski showed up in a great mood. "We are a democratic country. The more candidates, the better. That means more democracy,“ he said at the time of voting. Selenski came with his wife, Jelena, to the polling station, where dozens of journalists thronged to the candidate. "Today a new life begins - without corruption, without bribes." Critics accuse the comedian's political inexperience, lack of planning, and populism.

From a fate of choice, Poroshenko said, accompanied by his wife, his children and a grandson. "This election is an absolute prerequisite for our movement forward, our membership in EU and Nato," he said. Poroshenko and Selenski had previously explained, they wanted to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In addition to the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, you want to ask the Russia integrated the black sea Peninsula of Crimea back under Ukrainian sovereignty.

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The organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitored the election with hundreds of observers. The OSCE had shown in the run-up to, among other things, concerned about the security situation for journalists. Several foreign correspondents were not allowed to enter the country, including reporters from EU member States. Russia had condemned a travel ban for its election observers. (dpa)

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