: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Why Did Ukrainians Just Elect a Comedian President?


“He
managed to be many things to many people at the same time,” one journalist and
political commentator tells me. “I’ve met him,” said one NGO official and
election observer. “He’s very smart, but he’s had to assemble a team of people
to help him get this far.” We’re
speaking in Ukraine, where comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the presidential
runoff election this weekend in a landslide. But the journalist? He’s from
Slovenia, telling me about that country’s own comedian-turned-politician Marjan Šarec, who became prime minister last fall. And the NGO official? He was
actually speaking several years ago about Guatemalan
president Jimmy Morales, whose meteoric rise to the …read more

Source: The New Republic

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