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Zelenskiy vs Poroshenko in Ukrainian presidential election runoff

MOSCOW, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission announced Monday that comedian actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko would compete for the top post in a runoff on April 21.

An election commission source told the Russian Novosti news agency, that a runoff would be held between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko late this month as no candidate had managed to secure the absolute majority required to win the post from the first round.

The source noted that after counting 95 percent of the votes, Zelenskiy got 30.24 percent of the votes, Poroshenko has 15.94 percent, Yulia Tymoshenko collected 13.39 percent and the opposition lawmaker Yuriy Boiko received 11.58 percent.

The number of voters who took part in the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine exceeded 17 million.

The presidential election in Ukraine was held on March 31. There were 39 candidates on the ballot paper.

Source: Kuwait News Agency