A comedian with no political experience has won the most votes in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections, according to exit polls.
They say Volodymyr Zelenskiy – who plays the president on TV – got 30.4%, with current leader Petro Poroshenko on 17.8%. Early results confirm this.
The two – who have expressed largely pro-EU opinions – are set to take part in a run-off election next month.
Ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko appears to have been eliminated.
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“I’m very happy but this is not the final action,” Mr Zelenskiy told the BBC’s Jonah Fisher minutes after the exit polls were announced.
Mr Poroshenko described his forecast second place as a “harsh lesson”.