Ukraine’s Presidential Elections 2019

This feature was originally published in April 2019

It’s been five days since the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections. The ballots have been counted and Volodymyr Zelensky — a comedian with no political experience — is in the lead with 30%, followed by the current president Petro Poroshenko with 16% and a former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 13%. The latter is out of the race, while the comedian and the president are going into the second round — the vote will take place on the 21st of April.

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