A Ukranian comedian just won the presidential election, according to exit polls. Some are concerned about his lack of experience or firm policy positions

Business Insider | 3/31/2019 | Ellen Cranley
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Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, has won Ukraine's presidential election, according to national exit polls released Sunday.

Zelensky's campaign caught international attention because he was previously known as the star of "Servant of the People," in which he plays a teacher who is elected president of Ukraine.

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Though he captured the anti-establishment vote from citizens frustrated with rampant corruption surrounding incumbent Petro Poroshenko, some are concerned his inexperience and lack of commitment to specific policies could be a weakness with nearby powers including Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won Ukraine's presidential election, according to national exit polls released Sunday.

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Before declaring his campaign, Zelensky starred in "Servant of the People," a TV show where he plays a history teacher who is elected president of Ukraine after his anti-corruption rant goes viral.

"I'm not a politician," Zelensky said during a debate days before the election. "I'm just an ordinary person who has come to break the system."

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Though he hasn't been specific about his political views, Zelensky has described himself as "very liberal," and made a splash among the anti-establishment vote that has accompanied the swelling of populism against traditional democracy in Europe at large, but also corruption-ridden Ukraine.

The 41-year-old quickly captured attention across the international stage as he dodged the normal election processes including debates, policy-heavy interviews, and reaching for publicity, relying...
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