The TV actor who played Ukraine’s president could become the president

A picture taken on February 8, 2019 shows people walking by placards depicting Ukrainian entertainer along with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky along with oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, looking out through his back, along with reading 'Servant of oligarch, doll of oligarch' is usually seen glued prior to Zelensky performance in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on February 8, 2019.

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A picture taken on February 8, 2019 shows people walking by placards depicting Ukrainian entertainer along with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky along with oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, looking out through his back, along with reading ‘Servant of oligarch, doll of oligarch’ is usually seen glued prior to Zelensky performance in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on February 8, 2019.

“The source of his popularity is usually that will he does not belong to the establishment, along with has been conducting an unorthodox election campaign,” according to Tadeusz Iwanski, research fellow at Warsaw-based think-tank, the Center for Eastern Studies.

“Zelenskiy communicates with voters by using social media along with holding concerts in Ukraine’s regional centres, while the TV series along with cabaret shows in which he stars are among the most well-liked in Ukraine,” Iwanski said in a note last week.

While Zelensky’s popularity has sharply risen in recent weeks, fueled largely by public dissatisfaction at the traditional political elite, analysts are keen to point out that will his support base might be unstable. They also note that will his policies along with program for government are unclear.

Otilia Dhand, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, said for Zelensky to pass into the crucial second round of voting he will have to offer a more detailed manifesto.

“Given that will Zelensky does not have a well-defined program, policy implications of his potential victory are difficult to gauge for right now. the item is usually likely that will ahead of the second round, Zelensky could put forward a more detailed policy plan. Meanwhile, the main concern is usually his lack of political experience along with questions over his ability to steer the unwieldy Ukrainian political system to deliver reforms, including those required under the current IMF arrangement,” Dhand said in a note last week.

A government led by an inexperienced politicians could be a big problem for Ukraine, a country largely reliant on foreign donors along with an aid program through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In December, the IMF approved a fresh 14-month near $4 billion loan that will replaced a four-year $17.5 billion aid package agreed in 2015.

that will aid came after Russia annexed Crimea through Ukraine in 2014 along with then supported a pro-Russian uprising within the east of the country, prompting the economy to decline as investors feared further instability.

The IMF’s latest loan comes with four main conditions; that will the government continues an ongoing fiscal consolidation to keep public debt on a downward path; reduces inflation while maintaining a flexible exchange rate regime; strengthens the financial sector; along with advances structural reforms to improve tax administration, privatization along with governance.