TV comic takes lead in Ukraine election first round – exit poll

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy has 30.4% of vote, beating Petro Poroshenko and ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko

Polls in Ukraine closed on Sunday evening with actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy expected to hold a commanding lead in the first round of the country’s presidential elections.

An exit poll run by a number of Ukraine’s leading polling agencies showed Zelenskiy leading with 30.4% of the vote. The current president, Petro Poroshenko, took second place with 17.8% of the vote, and Yulia Tymoshenko secured third place with 14.2% of the vote.

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