Number 10. Volodymyr Zelensky


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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