Ukraine Elects Comedian As President

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election.

Zelensky did not even start campaigning until January. He is a comedian actor in satirical television series in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president.

With nearly all ballots counted in the run-off vote, Mr Zelensky had taken more than 73% with incumbent Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind on 24%.

There are sporadic skirmishes and the situation also remains tense around Crimea, annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014.

In a tweet, Mr Poroshenko said “a new inexperienced Ukrainian president… could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence”

Mr Zelensky told a news conference he would “reboot” peace talks with the separatists. “We will… continue with the Minsk talks – we will reboot them,” he said. “I think that we will have personnel changes. In any case we will continue in the direction of the Minsk talks and head towards concluding a ceasefire.”

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