Comedian Gets Last Laugh in Ukraine’s Election
Exit polls show Volodymyr Zelensky set to tromp incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in today’s presidential run-off, but what happens next is a mystery. A politically inexperienced populist who plays an accidental president on TV, Zelensky’s wooed Ukrainians desperate for change. But he’s floated few concrete policy proposals, while his ties to the country’s most notorious oligarch raise more questions during Ukraine’s most bizarre campaign.
Why is he so popular? Amid lingering corruption under Poroshenko, and a simmering war with Moscow-backed separatists, Ukrainians appear to have decided it’s time for something — anything — different.