Comedian Zelensky celebrates win over Poroshenko in Ukraine presidential vote Ukrainian comic Volodymyr #Zelensky is set to win the presidency in a landslide victory over incumbent leader, Petro #Poroshenko, exit polls show. Zelensky ...
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Zelensky, a political newcomer who plays a school teacher that is elected president on a Ukrainian TV show, won 72.7 percent of the vote over Poroshenko's 27.2 percent to secure a landslide victory. He continued to perform stand-up comedy during the election and was fined by police for violating Ukrainian voting regulations by displaying his ballot to cameras while voting on Sunday. H e plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to attempt to settle the conflict between the two countries but vowed to "never sacrifice" Ukraine's territories and people.
"The integrity of Ukraine should be constant," he said.
His platform also strongly relied on fighting corruption and pledging to strip the president lawmakers and judges of legal immunity. "I am not a politician," Zelensky said. "I am just a simple person who has come to break down the system.".