Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is new president of Ukraine

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the presidential election in Ukraine on Sunday by 73 percent of votes, ousting incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

The 41-year-old former entertainer received about twice as many votes as Poroshenko in the first round on March 31.

The political novice is one of the most recognized faces in the country’s entertainment industry and lately starred in “Servant of the People” television series.

After declaring himself as victory on Sunday he said, “I’m not yet officially the president, but as a citizen of Ukraine, I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union look at us. Anything is possible!”

Meanwhile, Poroshenko conceded defeat and tweeted, “They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian president, Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence.”

During Friday night debate Zelenskioy said with insulting tone to Poroshenko that “I am the result of your mistakes and promises.”

The political novice is one of the most recognized faces in the country’s entertainment industry and lately starred in “Servant of the People” television series.

The entertainer added that he is not Poroshenko’s opponent, but his sentence.

Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank Dmitri Trenin said he expect the new president to be going after corrupt officials and even though Poroshenko could be targeted by anti-corruption investigations but he will be protected by Ukraine’s Western allies and actually may not go to jail.

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