Ukraine goes to polls with TV comic eyeing the presidency

Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Ukrainians will cast their ballots in a presidential election on Sunday in which comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the surprise front runner.

Opinion polls show Zelenskiy, who plays the country's president in a popular TV series, consistently leading the opinion polls in a three-horse race against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

A record number of 39 candidates are gunning for the top spot.

If no candidate gets an absolute majority of the votes on Sunday, a runoff between the top two will be held April 21. 

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