Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has secured an impressive victory against incumbent president Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s run-off, the first official results confirm.
While the final results of the election might not be announced until April 30, the outgoing president has already conceded defeat, consenting to a peaceful transition of power in the country.
In his victory speech, Zelensky promised to ‘reboot’ the Minsk process but at the same time to launch a ‘powerful information war’ to eventually achieve a long-lasting peace in the east of the county. The comedian, who made a name for himself through a parody of corrupt officials, promised to introduce new faces to key government positions.
A number of countries, including the US, have already welcomed the victory of the so-called ‘Servant of the People’, while Russia showed cautious optimism about the newcomer, stressing that Zelensky has a chance to show “understanding of the need to unite the people, not on the basis of force, but on the basis of a national agenda.”
Watch Zelensky in the role of a Ukrainian teacher-turned-president in ‘Servant of the People’ on Netflix here.
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