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Presidential election in Ukraine: let's go for the second round

2019-04-21T06:42:44.095Z

Two men for a post of president in Ukraine. Petro Porochenkok, the outgoing president is opposed to comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a newcomer to politics. The latest polls gave Volodymyr Zelenskiy a large majority: ...


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Polling stations opened in Ukraine for the second round of the presidential election this Sunday, April 21, 2019. REUTERS / Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Two men for a post of president in Ukraine. Petro Porochenkok, the outgoing president is opposed to comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a newcomer in politics. The latest polls gave Volodymyr Zelenskiy a large majority: the showman without political experience is likely to win against a president become unpopular. Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 8pm local time. Exit polls are expected as soon as the polls close before the first partial results in the night.

with our special correspondent in Kiev, Anastasia Becchio

The electoral college number 48, where we are located, is right in the center of Kiev, near the Independence Square, in one of the four districts of the Ukrainian capital that have granted more votes to Petro Poroshenko in the first round three weeks ago.

The other nine districts voted for Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who had largely won the national poll, with 30% against almost half, nearly 16% for the incumbent president.

It is also for Zelenskiy that Igor, 57, has just voted. " We have all become poorer under this presidency and we have no future, " he regrets.

Conversely, Nicolas, in his sixties, has just given his voice to Petro Poroshenko. " Europe knows it, it managed to create an alliance of countries against Russia that attacks us with Volodymyr Zelenskiy it will have to start from scratch, " he says.

In three weeks of pretty aggressive campaign, will the president have managed to catch up? The polls, in any case, were not very optimistic about him, granting nearly 70% of the voting intentions to the actor Zelenskiy.

This novice in politics did not explain how he intended to solve the major problems that worried Ukrainian society: the war in Donbass, the position against Russia, the standard of living ... Until the end, it will remain vague on his program.

By the way Petro Poroshenko will have insisted on inexperience, " incompetence ", even the inconsistency of his opponent, Volodymyr Zelenskiy . " A five-year presidency is not a comedy that can be turned off if it's not funny, " the outgoing president wrote on his Facebook page this Saturday.

From tonight we will know how many Ukrainians have opted for what looks like a jump into the unknown.

In a polling station in Kiev, Sunday, April 21: second round of presidential elections in Ukraine. REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko

Source: rfi

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