Ukraine election 2019: A presidential campaign for the books | DW News

Voters in Ukraine go to the polls on Sunday to choose their next president. After a first-round vote at the end of March, the two remaining candidates are Volodymyr Zelensky, comedian and television star, or Petro Poroshenko, incumbent president. Zelensky is the frontrunner after winning the first ballot with more than 30percent of the vote. He has no political experience and has put forward very few policy proposals. But his willingness to speak both Ukrainian and Russian has brought him a lot of support in the country’s mainly Russian-speaking east. Petro Poroshenko is a businessman from the confectionary industry and one of Ukraine’s wealthiest people. He was elected in a snap vote after former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in the 2014 Maidan Revolution. His reputation as a reformer has been damaged as corruption remains a big problem in Ukraine.

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