Sunday's presidential elections in Ukraine can go and become a protestvalg.
In any case, if you are to believe the polls, where the comedian and activist Volodimir Zelenskij currently leading the large.
most have for months predicted that the elections would be a duel between two of the Ukrainian policy heavyweights. The incumbent president, Petro Porosjenko, and the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
But in the course of the last weeks of the election campaign has 41-year-old Zelenskij taken over the lead. His programme embraces the west, will take a showdown with the massive corruption in the country as well as to introduce a more citizen-centred democracy.
It tells the analyst Volodimir Fesenko, head of the Penta Centre of Political Studies in Kyiv.
- Zelenskij is supported by voters who are unhappy with the president, which nourishes deep distrust of the political system and which will have radical changes in Ukraine, he says to news agency dpa.
Zelenskij is not a part of the political system and has not occupied a political office in the country before.
The majority of ukrainians know him from his popular tv show 'Sluha Narodu', which can be translated to "servant of the People". The same name he has given his newly established party.
In the tv-show play Zelenskij, paradoxically, the role of a man, who surprisingly elected as president of Ukraine.
Sunday, may fiction may become reality, if the polls are to be believed.
His two hovedmodstandere, Porosjenko and Tymoshenko, both have made their experience a cornerstone of their campaigns.
But the incumbent president has struggled to convince voters that he deserves another period of time after failure of pre-election promises from the elections in 2014. It writes the news agency Reuters.
at the same time it is not managed Porosjenko to get control of the prorussiske rebels in the conflict-torn Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
the Conflict started immediately after the Porosjenkos predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014, was toppled after massive demonstrations for a closer association to the EU.
About 13,000 people have according to the UN, lost their lives in the conflict. Ukraine has accused Russia of being behind the rebellion. Russia has repeatedly rejected.
Yulia Tymoshenko sat as prime minister from 2007 to 2010. Her conservative party the Fatherland have gone to the elections to fight corruption and get the country's stagnant economy.
Ukraine is moving regardless of the outcome closer to the west, says Vadim Karasjov to the dpa. He is the head of the Ukrainian think tank Institute of Global Studies.
According to him and several observers are both Zelenskij, Porosjenko and Tymoshenko are keen to move closer to Nato and the EU, as well as to combat Russian influence in the country.
The official election results are expected Monday.