Volodymyr Zelenskiy has big lead over Petro Poroshenko after first round of voting

Ukraine’s runoff election is likely to pit a comedian who plays the president on TV against the country’s actual president – and the comedian is the favourite to win.

With more than 67% of Sunday’s first-round results counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has taken a commanding lead, with 30.45% of the vote, ahead of Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent, who is on 16.22%.

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