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Ukraine's Poroshenko debates with empty podium as Zelensky stays away
2019-04-15 11:24:56

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has debated with an empty podium after his rival Volodymyr Zelensky - a TV star and comedian- failed to appear, the BBC reports. 

Mr Poroshenko spoke alone to thousands of people in the capital Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

The two men had agreed to the televised debate last week, but failed to agree on the date it would take place.

Mr Zelensky favoured this coming Friday, two days before they go head to head in the election run-off.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky garnered more than 30% of teh vote in the first round, with Poroshenko getting just over 16%. 

He finished the first round comfortably in the lead, garnering more than 30% of the vote, and is still favourite to win next weekend's ballot.

The final voter turnout went as high as 63.52%.