Sunday 18 August 2019

Presidential candidate challenges Ukraine leader to drug test

Mr Zelenskiy took the test at another lab, saying he does not trust the one at the sports arena.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes a blood test in Kiev (Soya Shu/AP)
Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes a blood test in Kiev (Soya Shu/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Ukraine’s presidential candidates have taken alcohol and drug tests before a run-off vote.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comedian who left President Petro Poroshenko far behind in Sunday’s first round, had challenged the incumbent to take the test.

Mr Poroshenko took the test on Friday at Kiev Olimpiyskiy Stadium, the country’s biggest arena where the two rivals are set to have their debate two days before the April 21 run-off.

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Petro Poroshenko takes a blood test in Kiev (Mikhail Palinchak/Presidential Press Service Pool Photo/AP)

Mr Zelenskiy took the test at another lab, saying he does not trust the one at the sports arena.

The head doctor at a city narcological clinic, Volodymyr Yariy, said initial analysis of Mr Poroshenko’s tests showed no presence of alcohol, Ukrainian news reports said.

Mr Zelenskiy issued a report from his clinic showing no presence of psychoactive drugs, according to the news agency Unian.

Mr Zelenskiy, who stars in a TV series about a teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral, has made the fight against corruption the focus of his campaign.

He won 30% of Sunday’s vote, while Mr Poroshenko got 16%.

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