Imperial leader Darth Vader — or at least his closest Earth-based facsimile — is joining the crowded Ukrainian presidential race as a representative of the country's "Internet party,"according to a new report.
This Darth Vader has been a popular protester in Kiev, and has participated in several marches over the last few months in Independence Square. He represents the theatrical, but very real, Ukraine Internet Party.
Last November, Vader was carried by his Stormtroopers to Odessa City Hall in Odessa, Ukraine, where he declared himself mayor. The incident can be seen in the YouTube clip, below. He also ran for a parliamentary seat in 2012, winning 3% of the write-in vote, which was thrown out by election officials.
The UIP has reportedly paid the $225,000 fee to register Vader as a presidential candidate. What's more, Vader has demanded a plot of land to park his space ship, according to the AFP.
"I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country," Vader said in a party statement.
Earlier Saturday, former world champion boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko — also known as "Dr. Iron Fist" — dropped out of the Ukrainian presidential race. Klitschko threw his weight behind billionaire Petro Poroshenko's candidacy instead.
The Ukrainian presidential election is on May 25. It was prompted by the ousting of former president Viktor Yanukovych after months of bloody protests.