Jewish Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has the won Ukraine’s presidential election with a whopping 73% of the vote, a tally never reached by a presidential candidate in Ukraine. Outgoing President Petro Poroshenko has quickly acknowledged his defeat.
Amazingly the large country that is still filled visceral anti-Semitism voted for a candidate who born Jewish.
A majority of the population undoubtedly voted against Petro Poroshenko, who symbolized – rightly or wrongly – corruption, poverty, and war.
Zelinsky also owes his success to the fact that he has embodied the Ukrainian electorates political sentiment in his highly-watched television series ‘Servant of the people’. In the show, he takes on the role of a history professor who pushes the President of Ukraine to eradicate corruption in the country.
This is a spectacular victory, but it also plunges the country into uncertainty. Volodymyr Zelensky has been known mainly as a comedian, actor, and producer who has no experience in the political arena.
The president-elect acknowledged the results by joking with the journalists about his wife, who “could have gone a long time ago.” Then he thanked “those who supported him and those who did not vote for him” and promised not to let down the Ukrainian people.
Aged 41, the Jewish comedian will become the youngest president the country has ever seen.