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23:40  27 march  2019
23:40  27 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's The favorite in Sunday's first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a

The favorite in Sunday's first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictitious Ukrainian president in a popular KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote© Reuters/HANDOUT FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends a meeting with servicemen of the special forces unit "Azov", part of the Ukrainian National Guard, during his visit to Donetsk Region

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's presidential election.

The favourite in Sunday's first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictitious Ukrainian president in a popular TV series and who, in real life, has tapped into an anti-establishment mood among voters.

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Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's presidential The favorite in Sunday’s first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a

The favorite in Sunday's first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictitious Ukrainian president in a popular KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a

Many opinion polls put the serving president, Petro Poroshenko, in second place, a result that would set up a run-off between him and Zelenskiy next month, with a hard-to-predict final outcome.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is also in the running and could scrape into the second round at Poroshenko's expense.

"Zelenskiy will probably be in the second round, up against either Poroshenko or Tymoshenko, which means that it's going to be a contest between the new and the old," said Robert Brinkley, chair of the think tank Chatham House's Ukraine Forum.

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote© Reuters/VALENTYN OGIRENKO FILE PHOTO: Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian comic actor and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, takes part in a production process of Servant of the People series in Kiev

Ukrainians must then decide whether they are so fed up with the existing politicians "that they'll vote in a complete novice and outsider, or will their cautious instincts ... reassert themselves and they'll say we had better go with the devil we know rather than somebody completely unknown," he said.

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Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday’s presidential election. The favorite in Sunday’s first round vote is Volodymyr

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the The favourite in Sunday’s first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictitious

With Zelenskiy's insurgent run for the presidency, Ukraine is surfing a wave of popular anger similar to the ones that brought the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to power in Italy and U.S. President Donald Trump to office.

Just 9 percent of Ukrainians have confidence in their national government, the lowest of any electorate in the world, a Gallup poll published in March showed. The global average was 56 percent in 2018. Just 12 percent of Ukrainian adults have confidence in the honesty of elections, while 91 percent believe corruption in their government is widespread.

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote© Reuters/GLEB GARANICH FILE PHOTO: Leader of opposition Batkivshchyna party and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko arrives to an interview with Reuters in Kiev

"None of the three candidates suits me. And the other candidates simply will not manage to get through," said Kiev resident Yevheniya Shmelkova. "Therefore, we are indecisive in general - should we go to the polls, or not go. No, of course, you need to go, but the result will be unpredictable."

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Ukraine tycoon set for first round win in presidential vote : survey. Ukraine 's presidential election is to be held this weekend and an actor and comedian who played the country's leader in a hit TV show is in with a good Zelensky is expected to remain in the lead in the first round of voting but

Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's presidential election.

Western governments have much at stake in the election because they took Ukraine's side in its conflict with Russia and have invested money -- and considerable political capital -- in keeping Kiev on a path of integrating with the West.

Whoever is the ultimate winner, they are unlikely to move back into Russia's orbit, but Western officials and investors say they worry about the unpredictability that a Zelenskiy presidency is liable to bring.

Poroshenko was elected president in 2014, soon after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, and an armed uprising by Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine that has killed 13,000 people and still rumbles on.

A frequent visitor to the front line wearing camouflage gear, Poroshenko has been credited with containing the conflict and standing up to Russia.

But many voters say he has failed to get to grips with corruption and poverty and that his own entourage is tainted by sleaze. An increase in gas prices pushed through under pressure from Western donors caused anger among consumers unhappy at their higher bills.

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Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's presidential The favourite in Sunday’s first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy

KIEV - Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote The favorite in Sunday's first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays

LIFE IMITATES ART

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote© Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images KIEV, UKRAINE - MARCH 19: Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends the rehearsal of his comedy show Liga Smeha (League of Laughter) on March 19, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians are set to go to the polls on March 31, choosing from nearly 40 registered candidates. Zelenskiy is in the lead with an unconventional campaign, but it is unlikely he will win an outright majority, forcing a second round runoff of the top two candidates on April 21. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Tymoshenko has described the gas hike as "genocide", promising to lift pensions and emphasising her past as a revolutionary martyr imprisoned by two presidents.

Zelenskiy has promised that, if elected, he will usher in anti-corruption and other reforms and breathe new life into moribund peace talks over the fate of eastern Ukraine, now de facto controlled by separatists with Moscow's support.

In a case of life imitating art, his campaign has been helped by the character he plays in his TV show: an everyman who becomes president accidentally, then cuts through graft and bureaucracy with plain-talking honesty. Zelenskiy has said he would introduce a bill to strip the president, lawmakers and judges of immunity from prosecution if elected.

Addressing investor fears about his inexperience, he told Reuters in an interview last month he would not allow Ukraine to default on its debt commitments to the International Monetary Fund, which has propped up the country with billions of dollars in loans in return for reforms.

(Election graphic https://tmsnrt.rs/2EEQ22R)

(Reporting by Matthias Williams, Pavel Polityuk, Natalia Zinets, Sergei Karazy, Margaryta Chornokondratenko; Writing by Andrew Osborn and Christian Lowe; Editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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