Full results: Zelensky wins Ukraine’s presidential election with 73%

Full preliminary results show Jewish TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine’s presidential election with 73 percent of the vote.

Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky reacts after the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election at his campaign headquarters in Kiev on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP)

The Ukrainian Central Election Commission publishes the full and final count of votes in Sunday’s election, which also shows incumbent Petro Poroshenko with only 24%.

Zelensky, 41, is a political novice who is promising to build a “new country,” free of graft and the old, corrupt political establishment.

Zelensky’s campaign was extremely vague, leaving pundits wondering how he is going to tackle thorny issues like the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine and relations with Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

— AP

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