Comedian to Become Ukraine’s Next President
It’s no laughing matter. Popular satirist Volodymyr Zelensky, who plays an accidental president on TV, trounced incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine’s runoff election yesterday, securing 73 percent of the vote. “I will never let you down,” the 41-year-old told supporters. Poroshenko promptly conceded — although he pledged to stay in politics — while foreign leaders congratulated Zelensky.
What’s next for the upstart? Criticized for his lack of policy and suspected ties to a shadowy oligarch, Zelensky must prove to the public he can actually clean up the corrupt establishment like he promised.
Check out this OZY story on the major challenge Zelensky faces.