Kiev, April 22 (IANS) Comedian Vladimir Zelensky is maintaining his huge lead over incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with 80.87 per cent of the votes counted so far in Sunday's presidential elections, election officials said on Monday.
According to the country's Central Election Commission's (CEC) figures, Zelensky has got 73.09 per cent of the votes while Poroshenko has got 24.57 per cent, reports Efe news.
Official data indicates that Zelensky won the run-off stage of the presidential elections in all regions of the country except Lviv in western Ukraine.
The voter turnout was 62.07 per cent, almost eight percentage points less than the first round, which Zelensky had also won.
Following the release of the results, Poroshenko accepted his defeat but said he will not leave politics.
In his concession remarks, he said that "next month I will abandon the post of head of state" after five years leading the Eastern European nation, which was a part of the now-defunct Soviet Union.
"The majority of Ukrainians have decided and I recognize this decision. I will abandon the presidential office, but I'm not going to leave politics," said Poroshenko.
"As one of Ukraine's key political leaders, I will continue serving Ukraine and I will continue defending (its) integration into the European Union (EU) and NATO, decentralization, security and reforms against corruption," said the former chocolate mogul.
The President said that the 41-year-old Zelensky, a comedian, who has no formal political experience, will have to deal with a strong opposition.
He also promised that he and his campaign team, although they will be in the opposition, will be ready to support Zelenski "in all decisions that coincide with the national interests of Ukraine and bring us closer to the EU and to NATO."
Meanwhile, Zelensky said that his "number one" priority will be to halt the fighting in the eastern part of the country, thus ending the war between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias there.
But although he had called Russian President Vladimir Putin an enemy of Ukraine during his campaign, he also has said that he is ready to engage in dialogue with him to achieve peace in Donbas, which consists of the two self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as to secure the release of the 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner by Russia last November in the Black Sea.
Zelensky, a popular star of the television series "The Servant of the People", where he plays a history professor who becomes the president, has promised to serve only one term in office.
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Twitter India on Monday appointed Manish Maheshwari, former CEO of Network18 Digital, as Managing Director for the country operations -- nearly eight months after its Country Director Taranjeet Singh quit.
Balaji Krish, who has been leading Twitter India's team in the interim, will return to Twitter's global headquarters in San Francisco to resume his role as Global Head of Revenue Strategy and Operations at Twitter.
Reporting to Maya Hari, Twitter's Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Maheshwari will be responsible for driving an integrated business strategy to accelerate Twitter's audience and revenue growth in the country, the company said in a statement.
Based out of Delhi, he will oversee Twitter India's teams in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, starting from April 29.
"India is one of our fastest growing audience markets for Twitter in the world and our purpose is to serve the public conversation in India. We are thrilled to have Manish join us at this important time to take our Indian business to the next level," said Hari.
Prior to Network18, Maheshwari held various positions at Flipkart, txtWeb, Intuit, McKinsey and P&G.
"With premium Indian content on the rise in multiple regions across the country, I believe we are scratching the surface of what's possible with Twitter in India," said Maheshwari.
"I'm bullish about the overall impact that Twitter India can create in the country and the influence of India on our global platform," he added.
Singh, who was elevated as Twitter's Country Director for India in May 2017, quit the company in September last year. He joined as chief revenue officer for Zee Group's video streaming service ZEE5.
Twitter, which has over 30 million users in India (according to statista.com), had appointed Krish as an interim country head.
Under Maheshwari's leadership, said the micro-blogging platform, various teams in India would continue to work closely to drive conversations and audience engagement on the platform.