Dmitro wanted to vote for Poroshenko. "For weeks I have been thinking. I do not like both candidates. Poroshenko means for me past, corruption and bureaucracy. Selenskyj But risk and the minimal hope that something will change after all."
The 43-year-old building contractor stood in polling station 382 in Kiev's Sukhominsky College and smiled somewhat wryly. "I have already thought about throwing a coin in the voting booth."And many other Ukrainians feel the same way.
On Sunday, Ukraine held the Run-off election between acting President Petro Poroshenko and TV comedian Vladimir Selenskyj took place. According to preliminary results released early Monday morning by the election commission, the new president-elect received about 73 percent of the vote in the runoff election, while incumbent Petro Poroshenko received just under 25 percent of the vote.
Volodymyr Selensky becomes the new president
Given this lead, it is considered almost certain that the real vote count will also end with a majority for Selenskyj. "This is not a fake, not a montage, these are 73 percent", said the winner of the election Selenskyj in front of several dozens of activists and more than 500 journalists in the Kiev business center Parkowi at the announcement of the first forecast just in time for the closing of the polling stations at 8 p.m. local time.
According to an election poll, Selenskyj won 57 percent in Ukraine's western regions, 73 percent in central Ukraine, 85.4 percent in the south, and 87.7 percent in the east. "We did it together. Now there will be no pathos," Selenskyj said. Afterwards, he thanked his family, voters, his team, including journalists and his former comedian colleagues from the production company "Kwartal 95". "You can rename it 'Kwartal 73' now," he joked, alluding to the poll's results.
The polling station on the left bank of the Dnepr is surrounded by gray prefabricated buildings. But the district, with its wide swimming beach, is considered an upscale residential area; Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and parliamentarian Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, also vote here. Many officials live here, many intelligentsia, the majority of them voted for Poroshenko.
Selenskyj had infuriated the patriotically minded intelligentsia
But according to the latest opinion polls, Selenskyj was as clear favorite going into the runoff, they also predicted him 73 percent. After the stadium debate on Friday night, there was another fierce headwind on social media before the election. Selenskyj had called the pro-Russian rebels in the Donbas "insurgents" instead of "terrorists," which infuriated the patriotically minded intelligentsia.
"Poroshenko has probably fully mobilized his electorate," political analyst Ihor Reyterovich told our editorial staff. "But already during the debate between the candidates it became clear that Selenskyj will not lose his lead from the polls anymore."
Loser Petro Poroshenko congratulated Selenskyj
Loser Poroshenko congratulated Selenskyj. "I accept the majority decision of Ukrainians. I will leave my office, but not politics."The new president will have to deal with a very strong opposition. "We didn't win the fight today, but that certainly doesn't mean that we lost the war."
But election winner Selenskyj also addressed his country's eastern neighbors: "To all the countries of the former Soviet Union. Look at us! Anything is possible!" Dmitro, however, told that on Saturday night two of his best friends came to him. "They stormed me: 'If you are our friend, then vote for Poroshenko'. In the end, I gave them my word."
But he is not horrified by Selenskyj's election success. Its political camp is still weak. If necessary, active citizens could hound him out of office more easily than Poroshenko. "The victory of which would have only concreted his power."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Volodymyr Selenskyj on his victory in the runoff election for the Ukrainian presidency. According to a statement from the Federal Press Office on Monday, she wished the 41-year-old good luck and success for the tasks ahead of him. "The stabilization of Ukraine as well as a peaceful conflict resolution are as close to my heart as the implementation of central reforms of the judiciary, decentralization as well as the fight against corruption," the chancellor was quoted as saying.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also commented on the election. He saw the outcome as "a sign of the vibrant and strong democracy" in the country. Maas thanked the defeated Petro Poroshenko for "initiating the peaceful change of course yesterday".