Comedian on course for landslide victory in Ukrainian election

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Petro Poroshenko concedes defeat as Volodymyr Zelenskiy promises: ‘I won’t mess up’

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor and comedian with no political experience other than playing the role of president in a TV series, was heading for a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, as early results showed him on course to win nearly three-quarters of the vote.

The incumbent, Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat on Sunday evening before results started coming in, as exit polls suggested an overwhelming victory for the 41-year-old Zelenskiy.

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