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Presidential candidates faced each other off in confusing and ‘unorthodox’ debate

The two finalists in the weekend’s Ukrainian presidential election, President Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, are set to debate Friday evening in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, capping a bitter, unusual campaign season. The first policy debate between 41-year-old standup comic and TV star Zelenskiy and Poroshenko, 53, pits a politically inexperienced but popular candidate against an incumbent eager to convince voters that experience is necessary to usher Ukraine out of its current crises. Hours before the debate, crowds were already starting to gather at the stadium, said FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg, reporting from Kiev's 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium.

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