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Who is Volodímir Zelenski, the elected president of Ukraine?

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Zelenski beat his opponent Poroshenko with a big advantage.

Zelenski beat his opponent Poroshenko with a big advantage. | Photo: EFE

The elected president of Ukraine is a comedian and actor without any political experience.

Volodímir Zelenski, 41, won the presidency of Ukraine with 73 percent of the votes in favor, compared to 25.5 percent of the outgoing president Petro Poroshenko. The Central Electoral Commission reported that participation reached 62.06 percent of the nearly 31 million Ukrainians.

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The president-elect, born in Krivói Rog, is a comedian and actor without any political experience. He was a law student, but never practiced. In fact, he chose a very different route: he took a liking to the humorous contest Club of the Fun and Ingenious People, of the Soviet television KVN. He started as a contestant, won and then joined as a scriptwriter.

In 2003 he started in the program of jokes and varieties Kvartal-95 (Barrio-95) of the Ukrainian television «1 + 1». He has also acted in films, participated in artistic projects with Russia and was a member of the board of directors of the Inter network.

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Mes remerciements les plus sincères au président de la république Française @EmmanuelMacron, pour les félicitations et le soutien!

Thank you, Emmanuel Macron, for congratulations!

Дякую Президенту Франції Емманюелю Макрону за привiтання!

21:31 – 21 abr. 2019

Triumph of Zelenski 

Shortly after his election victory, Zelenski spoke to his followers to promise them solutions regarding the war in eastern Ukraine and corruption. He assured his voters that he will defraud us.

“Our first duty is to bring all detained citizens, all the soldiers who are in prison, we will continue to work with the Normandy process, as well as with the Minsk Agreements, we will restart negotiations and there will be new appointments,” he said.

For his part, outgoing President Poroshenko said he will not abandon politics. “Thanks to you and my children, my father for always being there, I know that the days to come – which will be psychologically difficult for me – I can count on you,” he said when addressing his family.

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