Zelensky: Servant of the People

Before he ran for the presidency, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a comedian who starred in the hit television series Servant of the People, where he played the role of a high-school history teacher in his 30s who won the presidential election after a viral video showed him ranting against government corruption in Ukraine.

The political party Servant of the People was created in March 2018 by people from the television production company Kvartal 95, which had created the television series of the same name.

In March 2019, Zelenskyy told Der Spiegel magazine that he went into politics to restore trust in politicians and that he wanted “to bring professional, decent people to power” and “would really like to change the mood and timbre of the political establishment, as much as possible”.

He led a successful presidential campaign, mostly on social media to unseat incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in just three to four months. He won decisively and was sworn in on May 2, 2019.

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