Daniel Halliday
Apr 22 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
What does Ukraine’s new comedian president mean for the country?
Voters have backed a comedic actor in a landslide victory against former president Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential election. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won 73% of the vote according to exit polls for the election, following his portrayal of the Ukrainian president in the series “Servant of the People”. Fact has bizarrely followed fiction as Zelensky’s character in the series won the presidential election following a political rant against corruption that went viral on the internet, a position Zelensky mirrored throughout his own political campaign. But what does this mean for the future of Ukraine? A celebrity president in the United States wasn't able to “drain the swamp” of corrupt politicians, what is the difference in Ukraine?
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Many Ukrainian’s have expressed concern over the election of Zelensky as president, as he has no action plan or policy plan yet, and Ukraine could easily fall backwards to pre 2014 uprising levels of corrupt governing. There are fears over pro-Russian supporters of Yanukovich, the pre-2014 corrupt leader, causing tension moving forward, if Zelensky proves not strong enough to bring about cohesion in the country. But with the new elected president failing to make a public address since the vote, it is looking more uncertain for his presidency and for Ukraine.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/volodymyr-zelensky-wins-ukraine-presidential-vote-exit-polls-190421163144992.html

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Wild card that could help defeat corruption

There is no doubt that Zelensky represented a protest vote for Ukraine, a complete outsider vocally devoted to fighting corruption seeming more essential to the situation in Ukraine than just accepting the status quo of previous governments. This gamble seems set to pay off for the people of Ukraine as Zelensky has stated his desire to join NATO and the European Union, but not by his own decision, but rather wants to put the question to the Ukrainian population in the form of a referendum. He has also expressed his desire to remove immunity from the president and members of parliament, a mechanism for impeachment, and reforms to the judicial system and military, and also seeks to develop the economy to make Ukraine a strong independent state.

pravda.com.ua/news/2019/03/22/7209956

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