An exit poll from Ukraine’s presidential election has given comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy a commanding lead over incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
Results from the exit poll released Sunday after voting stations closed showed Zelenskiy receiving 73.2 per cent of the nationwide vote, Poroshenko 25.3 per cent reflecting public dismay with Ukraine’s endemic corruption, moribund economy and a five-year fight against Russia-backed insurgents in the country’s east.
Sitting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accepted defeat in the election for the country’s top post.
Shortly after exit polls showed Poroshenko getting only a quarter of the vote in Sunday’s runoff election, he said he was willing to help rival Volodymyr Zelenskiy transition into the presidency.
Zelenskiy plays a high school teacher who is elected Ukraine’s president on a TV series, but has never held political office.
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