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Big challenges ahead for new Ukrainian president

The new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky holds up a mace, the Ukrainian symbol of power, during his inauguration May 20, 2019.

Cam Rodriguez, Contributing Writer

May 28, 2019

As he was ushered in as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20, comedian and TV actor-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of a “new era” of the country’s history — one that sees “people in power who will serve the people.” His rise to power is an atypical one in a country operated by ol...

Ukrainian presidential elections, round two: Volodymyr Zelenskiy vs. Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, watches as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures during their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. Friday is the last official day of election canvassing in Ukraine as all presidential candidates and their campaigns will be barred from campaigning on Saturday, the day before the vote.

Angelina Korniyenko and Brian Pearlman

April 20, 2019

Ukrainians are set to elect a new president in second-round elections Sunday, in what will be a battle between billionaire incumbent Petro Poroshenko and comedian-actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy is best known for his satirical television series “Servant of the People,” in which he plays an ordinary c...

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