Election monitors praise Ukraine’s vote

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have praised Ukraine for conducting a presidential election that sets the stage for a “democratic and orderly transfer of power.”

The OSCE election monitoring mission said in a statement issued on Monday that the country’s runoff election on Sunday was “competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms.”

The observers also said that the runoff was well-organized and offers Ukraine a chance to strengthen its democratic institutions.

A near-complete tally gave comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy 73% of the vote, a landslide win over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Zelenskiy never has held public office and starred in a TV sitcom about a Ukrainian high school teacher who is elected president.