Zelensky Wins Ukrainian Presidential Election
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Zelensky Wins Ukrainian Presidential Election

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Volodymyr Zelenskiy celebrating with his team on April 21, 2019,/ Source: France24

Image Attribute: Volodymyr Zelensky celebrating with his team following the announcement of the first exit poll of the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election, during his visit to campaign headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine / Date: April 21, 2019,/ Source: France24

On April 22, 2019, Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) says that Volodymyr Zelensky has won 73% of the vote while the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko got just 24% support with more than 96% of the ballots counted.

On Sunday, the first exit poll of the second round of presidential election showed Zelensky, a  41-year old comedian with a law degree but having no political experience had easily won enough votes to become the next president of Ukraine. 

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At 8 p.m, a minute before the details of exit poll results was revealed, Zelensky took to the stage with his wife Yelena Zelenskaya and the team at his campaign headquarters in Kyiv.

“Thank you to my parents for their support and for making it through (the campaign),” Zelensky read it from a piece of paper. “Thank you to my wife for her strength. If she knew the things that were said and written about me in the past weeks, she would never have married me.”

Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat and congratulated Zelensky. "I am leaving office, but I want to firmly underline that I am not leaving politics," he said. Poroshenko lost across all regions of the country, including in the west where he traditionally enjoyed strong support.

Earlier this month, it has been reported by IndraStra Global News Team that Zelensky secured the most votes in Ukraine’s 2019 presidential election but fell short of the majority which was needed to win the first round. However, at that time, it was projected that he will ultimately defeat both Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the second round.

According to Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko“The absolute majority of Ukrainians again, just as they did five years ago, want radical political change. In that sense, this was a kind of Maidan -- but an electoral one.”

With reporting by BBC, France24, Reuters, and RFE/RL