Popular Comedian Elected First Jewish President of Ukraine

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Popular Comedian Elected First Jewish President of Ukraine
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Popular Comedian Elected First Jewish President of Ukraine
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Popular Ukranian actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected President of Ukraine in massive landslide victory. The actor turned politician received more than 70% of the vote, becoming the first Jewish man elected President of Ukraine. Zelensky has already been playing the part of the country’s president on TV since 2015.

Zelensky plays the lead character in Servant of the People, a fictional television program about a history teacher becoming President of Ukraine following a viral video of him ranting about government corruption. Servant of the People became its own political party last year, propelling the actor into politics. Zelensky shares many of the political positions of his character on the show.

Zelensky began his career in comedy at an early age, becoming involved in comedy competitions before he was even eighteen-years-old. He received his big break thanks to Ukraine’s Dancing with the Stars, which he won in 2006. Following his reality TV victory, Zelensky received roles in several well-received feature films.

There is no doubt that Zelensky’s television character had quite the impact on the people of Ukraine. It will be interesting to see how his TV presidency compares with the real one. In the meantime, you can watch Servant of the People for yourself (with subtitles) on Netflix or YouTube.

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