Comedian Leads Polls in Ukraine’s Presidential Race

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Actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is a household name in Ukraine.

The 41-year-old Zelensky has played many different roles throughout his decades-long career; he even stars as the president in a Ukrainian TV series.

Even though playing the president on TV is the extent of his political experience, the actor has rapidly crossed over to become a star in Ukrainian politics: A recent poll suggests Zelensky is the front-runner in the country’s upcoming presidential election, with more support than the incumbent Petro Poroshenko and the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, NBC News reported.

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