Ukrainian presidential election, March-April 2019

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Reports, analyses and information on the presidential election held in Ukraine on 31 March 2019. A second round took place on 21 April.

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A total of 39 candidates held on to their bid for the office. If no candidate receives an absolute majority of the vote, a second round is conducted.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took a lead in the polls ahead of the election as voters turned to the newcomer, anti-establishment candidate. He was seen as an alternative to the longstanding politicians, in particular to two other frontrunning candidates - the incumbent Petro Poroshenko and the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The campaign focused on the slow pace of the reforms undertaken in the country following the protests that led to the ousting of the Ukrainian President back in 2014.

Mr Zelenskiy eventually collected 30.2% of vote, proceeding to the second round of voting together with the runner-up Petro Poronshenko (16.6%). Following the second round, Volodymyr Zelenskiy received 73,23% of the votes, while Petro Poroshenko was supported by 24,45% of the voters. Mr Zelenskiy's inauguration was scheduled to take place in early June 2019.

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