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Ukraine Elects Comedian Zeleskiy in Landslide – New President

Ukraine Elects Comedian Zeleskiy in Landslide - New President

The Ukraine just elected a new president who has no political experience and who gave few details of his policies. The exit polls indicated that the 41-year old defeated the incumbent Petro Proshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion for Ukrainian nationalism and identity.

Because of a long history of Communism and Socialism and being invaded by Russians, the people of the Ukraine are sensitive to the ideas of protecting national language and identity. Note that during he Soviet occupation and especially in the 1970s and 80s, the Ukrainians saw there language sidelined for Russian. Under the Communist government all job interviews were held in Russian, not the native Ukrainian.

The election of Zelenskiy is a victory that follows a pattern around Europe as the anti-establishment figures are now taking the front row in seats that have never elected anyone but the establishment candidates. He has promised to end the civil war in the Eastern part of Ukraine called the Donbass region, which took the country into conflict in 2014. Over 10,000 people have died. He also said he would accelerate reforms that would increase foreign investment – note that corruption is high in Ukraine.

Ze as he is called promised to keep the country in a program that is part of the International Monetary Fund, ensuring that in times of trouble, Kiev can go to the IMF for support. The national exit poll showed Mr Zelenskiy taking 73% of the vote while the incumbent Poroshenko carried only 25% of the poll. For now, investors from around the globe are watching and waiting for his next move.

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