April 11, 2019 / 8:24 AM / 11 days ago

Comedian Zelenskiy would win second round of Ukraine election - poll

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian presidential candidate and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy undergoes a drugs and alcohol test, which is a precondition to participate in a policy debate ahead of the second round of a presidential election, at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, is likely to win in Ukraine’s presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday.

The poll by Reiting research body, the first survey for the election’s second round, showed Zelenskiy on 61 percent of votes and incumbent Petro Poroshenko on 24 percent.

Reporting by Andrey Makhovsky, writing by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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