KIEV – As Ukraine battles to stave off dark forces of its own, iconic movie villain Darth Vader has announced he is running for president in a bid to restore all glory to the nation.
The Sith Lord — or at least an unnamed protester dressed up as him who has often been seen on Kiev’s Independence Square during the winter protests flanked by his loyal Stormtroopers — has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP), which has become known for its theatrical public stunts.
“After winning intraparty primaries by a landslide, comrade Vader will be our party’s candidate,” said UIP leader Dmitry Golubov, who spent time in prison for using the Internet to run a credit card fraud scheme.
Encased in black armor, with a black mask and cape, the party’s Darth Vader has been involved in several political actions in the country.
In November 2013 he was carried by his Stormtroopers — the elite soldiers of the fictional Galactic Empire — to Odessa City Hall, where he declared himself mayor.
According to local media reports, he has also reportedly demanded a plot of land in the southwestern city to park his spaceship. “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.