Ukraine leaps into unknown after comic elected president Apr 23, 2019 0 800 12345 AFPKievUkraine leapt into the unknown Monday after comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president on promises of change but with just a vague blueprint of what he might do as leader.Zelensky, whose previous political experience was playing the president on a TV show, crushed incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a stinging rebuke to the establishment fuelled by voters’ anger over war with separatists and social injustice.Ukrainians looked to the future with hope and anxiety after the performer took 73 percent of the vote on Sunday, according to nearly complete official results. Zelensky at 41 will become Ukraine’s youngest ever president when he is sworn into office by early June. It remained unclear Monday who would fill top positions in his governement, including prime minister.The star of “Servant of the People”, a sitcom now in its third season, has vowed to press ahead with the pro-European course set out by Poroshenko.But he has also said he wants to improve ties with arch-enemy Russia.On election night, however, he appeared to taunt the Kremlin when he told people in fellow post-Soviet countries that “everything is possible.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday it was “too early to talk about President Putin congratulating Mr Zelensky, or about the possibility of working together.”Ties between Ukraine and Russia were shredded after a bloody uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed regime in 2014, prompting Moscow to annex Crimea and support insurgents in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has claimed around 13,000 lives.Poroshenko, 53, quickly conceded defeat and said he was ready to coach the successor. But on Monday evening he told a rally he planned to take back the country’s top job during the next presidential polls set for 2024. Several thousand supporters, who gathered outside the presidential offices, chanted they wanted him back “in a year”.“With God’s help,” Poroshenko replied.“We will unite to secure our common victory in the near future.” Poroshenko’s faction has the most seats in the legislature and new parliamentary polls are due to be held in October. RELATED ARTICLES House Democrats’ views vary on action after Mueller report: Pelosi Apr 23, 2019 0 2920 Trump sues to block Congress subpoena for financial records Apr 23, 2019 0 765 Trump says ‘nobody disobeys me’ Apr 23, 2019 0 841 Climate change protesters plot new course AFP London Some of London’s busiest streets re-opened Monday for the first time in a week as climate change protesters regrouped and plotted a new course after police made more than 1,000 arrests. The so-called .. Juncker vows to fight ‘fake news’ before EU polls AFP Berlin EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly vowed to crack down on any ‘fake news’ in the build up to next month’s European election campaigns. “If governments make claims about the EU or the .. German far-right party invites Bannon to Berlin Berlin: Germany’s far-right party AfD has invited Donald Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin next month. A spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) confirmed to news agency DPA .. Battle to tame two wildfires in Germany dpa Berlin Firefighters in Germany battled to contain two wildfires overnight to Monday. A fire at Gildehauser Venn, a protected moorland near the French border, broke out on Sunday and has since spread to cover an area of .. Madrid condemns mock execution of ex-Catalan leader AFP Madrid Spain’s foreign minister on Monday condemned the “execution” of an effigy of Catalonia’s former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, burnt and shot at in a southern village as elections approach. “I reject ..