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A Comedian, A President, and A Prime Minister: the 2019 presidential election in Ukraine

Korosteleva, Elena (2019) A Comedian, A President, and A Prime Minister: the 2019 presidential election in Ukraine. LSE Dahrendorf Forum, . p. 2.

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Abstract

Ukrainian politics has been dominated by debates over whether to align with Russia or the EU, but Elena Korosteleva and Vsevolod Samokhvalov say the latest election proves that might be changing. The first of April, commonly known as an April Fools’ Day, produced some surprising election results, even by Ukrainian standards. Out of 39 registered presidential hopefuls only two came forth: the stand-up comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy (30 percent), and the former president Petro Poroshenko (16 percent), with the former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, left behind with only 13 percent of the vote. Some say Zelenskiy has not just won the first round of the election, but also slapped the establishment in the face, taking twice as many votes as the best-known politicians in the country and reducing a pro-Russian candidate Yuriy Boyko to a negligible 11.7 percent. What does this tell us about Ukrainian politics?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Ukraine, presidential election, Poroshenko, Zelenskyi
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 09:56 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74237 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Korosteleva, Elena: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2807-738X
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