As Al Franken would attest, politicians and humor seldom mix. But in the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky has bucked the trend as, exasperated by corruption and the latent conflict with Russia, Ukranians voted-in a comedian as president. Until that point, the 41-year-old was best known for the 2015 Ukrainian TV series, Servant of the People, in which he plays a geography teacher who becomes president after a video of him going on an anti-corruption rant goes viral. It is an almost comical example of life imitating art. Zelensky, though, aimed to be taken seriously and struck a chord with voters jaded with corruption in public life in a country where tension is ever present due to the conflict in the Donbas region. Despite having few concrete policies, he won out over the incumbent, Petro Porochenko in a run-off, garnering 73% of the votes. His immediate priority is securing the future of the Crimea and restoring peace to the country.
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