Ukraine elects comedian — who plays a TV joke president — as president

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Ukraine had a choice in the presidential election between their President or a comedian who mockingly plays a President on TV. They chose the comedian.

The comedian has no experience and he offered few details on political policies.

He easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war, Reuters reported.

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.

Two national exit polls showed Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the vote. Poroshenko only won 25 percent. This was the second round in a runoff.

Via Deadline:

Zelenskiy is known for his role on the Ukrainian TV series Servant of the People. The show follows a teacher who unexpectedly becomes president after an angry rant about corruption is posted online by his students. Apparently, this is paralleling his character on Servant of the People because, like his character on the Ukranian show, he has promised to clean up politics in the country.

Even so, his real-life campaign has been vague when it comes to his stance on policy, but he’s been leaning into viral videos, standup comedy, and jokes as a source of his campaign.

His inspiring words to journalists after Poroshenko conceded were: “I won’t mess up.”

Okay then! The world is nuts.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, the Ukrainians are almost as stupid as our Minnesotans, who elected Al “The Groper” Franken to office.

  2. “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University”. William F. Buckley Jr.

  3. “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University” William F. Buckley

  4. I think if I were Mr. Zelenskiy I would contact Putin and suggest that if he agrees to let the disputed area stay in the Ukraine and withdraw his troops that I would be willing to allow him to rent the area for a Russian naval base for a reasonable price. It’s worth a shot and this way the fighting could stop.

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