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Comedian's landslide victory: Western media responded to Ukraine's presidential elections 2019

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Western media have spangled with loud titles about Volodymyr Zelensky’s “landslide victory”
08:10, 22 April 2019

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Western media have spangled with loud titles about Volodymyr Zelensky’s “landslide victory.” All the media indicate Zelensky’s lack of political experience and serving in an office, however, they seem to be optimistic about the choice of the Ukrainians.

Comedian appears headed for landslide victory in Ukraine,” Associated Press reported. “A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared headed for a landslide victory in Ukraine’s real-life presidential election Sunday,” the outlet wrote. “Although Zelenskiy was criticized for a vague campaign platform and never holding public office, voters appeared to cast aside those concerns in favor of a thorough sweep of Ukraine’s political leadership,” it adds.

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Ukraine poll: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky 'wins presidency by landslide' ,” Daily Nation wrote. “Mr Zelensky, 41, is best known for starring in a political satirical drama in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president. With no previous political experience, his campaign focused on his difference to other candidates rather than on any concrete policy ideas,” reads the message.

 

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DW described it as follows: "Ukraine election: Volodymyr Zelenskiy wins landslide victory." The outlet states that "Zelenskiy plays a fictional state leader on a television sitcom. His bid to lead the country of 45 million people was first dismissed as a joke, but his vague promises to reform the country were enough to win over voters fed up with the country's endemic corruption, moribund economy, and ongoing conflict with Russian-backed separatists."

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Challenger Zelenskiy wins Ukraine presidency in landslide, exit polls suggest,” France24 reports.

“A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose only previous political role was playing the president on television, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73 percent of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by several think tanks,” the outlet noted.

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Volodymyr Zelensky claims landslide win in Ukraine election,” this is how The Times summed up Ukraine’s second round of presidential elections. “A 41-year-old comic actor with no political background claimed victory in Ukraine’s presidential election as exit polls suggested a landslide win over the incumbent, President Poroshenko,” reads the message.

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Comedian-turned-candidate Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency by landslide,” The Times of Israel rounded up Ukraine’s today’s voting. “Jewish actor with no political experience expected to take 73 percent of the popular vote; incumbent Poroshenko concedes defeat,” the outlet wrote.

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Ukrainians vote in presidential elections with comedian on track for triumph,” CNN mapped the victory of Ukraine’s new leader of the state. “Television comedian and political newbie Volodymyr Zelensky was on track to cause a political upset, with recent polls, ahead of Sunday, suggesting an overwhelming lead over incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Zelensky's entry in the presidential race came as a surprise, given that he is perhaps best known for his role in the Ukrainian comedy series ‘Servant of the People’ as an out-of-luck schoolteacher who abruptly becomes president of Ukraine,” CNN wrote.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko concedes defeat to comedian rival Zelenskiy in presidential vote,” CBC outlined, adding that “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.”

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Financial Times described Ukraine’s key event of April as “Exit polls give Volodymyr Zelensky Ukraine presidency,” noting that “The win, if confirmed in the official tally, would cap an extraordinary rise to power for an actor who only announced his plans to run for office in a New Year’s eve comedy show.”

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Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy Easily Wins Ukrainian Presidential Race: Exit Poll,” the Huffington Post assures. “The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity,” reads the message.

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Comedian who played state leader in sitcom ‘wins Ukrainian presidential election,” METRO wrote. “In Servant of the People, he plays a school teacher who wakes up to find that a rant he made against corrupt politicians has gone viral and catapulted him into presidency. Poroshenko had used his opponents comedic past in his campaign, telling voters that a five-year presidential term was ‘not a comedy that you can easily switch off if it is no longer funny,’ reads the message.

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"Ukraine elections: comedian leads polls as final round of voting begins," The Guardian summarized. "Zelenskiy is best known for playing an ordinary teacher who is unexpectedly elected to the presidency after an angry rant about corruption was posted online by his students, in a long-running Ukrainian television series. His campaign has blurred the lines between the real-life Zelenskiy and his on-screen character, but some are concerned that for all his anti-system rhetoric, Zelenskiy has close links to the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskiy," The Guardian wrote.

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