Ukrainian comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky elected president

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a run-off election to become the country’s next president, exit polls suggest.

The polls give him more than 70 per cent support. He dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when 39 candidates were on the ticket.

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Mr Zelensky challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko.

Ukraine’s president holds significant powers over the security, defence and foreign policy of the country.

The poll said Zelenskiy had won 73 per cent of the vote and that Poroshenko had won just 25 per cent of the vote.

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