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28 Mar, 2014 12:00

Darth Vader wants to run for Ukrainian presidency (VIDEO)

Sith Lord Darth Vader has decided to join the Ukrainian presidential campaign. His program involves re-forging the republic of Ukraine into an empire and restoring its former glory.

Vader, the former Jedi Master Anakin Skywalker, won the primaries of the Ukrainian Internet Party, the group said in a statement. He is to be officially proposed for presidential candidacy on Saturday at a party session.

“I am prepared to take responsibility for the fate of this country, if fellow citizens do me this high honor. I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country,” the Sith lord said.

Darth Vader has previously taken part in several political actions in Ukraine. The most recent was in November 2013, when he was carried in a sedan chair by a group of Imperial Stormtroopers to Odessa City Hall, declaring himself acting mayor of the city, citing an order by Emperor Palpatine.

His federal-level involvement in Ukrainian politics was highlighted during the 2012 parliamentary election. He scored a record 3 percent of votes at the time, which could have put a choke-hold on high office. But unfortunately the votes were never registered because supporters each had to add Vader’s name to the ballots, which rendered them void under Ukrainian law.

Also in 2013, the former Jedi knight headed a charge on the Ukrainian Justice Ministry in defense of his allies in the Internet Party, which the ministry declared illegitimate.

In interviews, Vader explained that his master is interested in Ukraine because “the Force is strong here.”

Contenders for the Ukrainian presidency must register before April 4. The candidacies may come from political parties or be self-proposed. Each candidate must pay some $236,000 to the electoral commission in order to run. Lord Vader’s deposit will come from the Internet Party, it said.

A leader of the Ukrainian Internet Party, wearing a Darth Vader outfit from the Star Wars saga, and an activist distribute goods on December 20, 2012 on Independence Square in Kiev. (AFP Photo / Sergey Supinsy)

A Ukrainian wearing a Darth Vader costume speaks to a policeman in the city hall of the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa (AFP Photo)

A Ukrainian wearing a Darth Vader costume shows papers outside the city hall of the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa (AFP Photo)

A Ukrainian wearing a Darth Vader costume walks into the city hall of the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa (AFP Photo)