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'Darth Vader' makes Ukraine presidency bid

'Darth Vader' previously campaigned to become mayor of the city of Odessa. Credit: Reuters

Observers who scoffed at the notion of a heavyweight boxer becoming Ukraine's next leader may be even less convinced by the country's latest presidential candidate: Darth Vader.

The Sith Lord, or at least a politician precisely resembling him in name and appearance, has thrown his helmet into the ring for the country's presidential poll on 25 May.

The Star Wars villain will represent the Ukrainian Internet Party, which said it has paid the £135,000 registration fee for Vader to run against candidates including former boxer Vitali Klitschko and other more established political figures.

"I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country," said Vader, whose Star Wars namesake has leadership experience as Supreme Commander in Chief of the dark side.

Activists from the Ukrainian Internet Party hold a party conference in Kiev. Credit: REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin

Vader was a conspicuous member of this winter's protests in Kiev's Independence Square, where he was flanked by Stormtroopers - the elite soldiers of his fictional galactic empire.

This is not his first attempted foray into politics, following his bid to become mayor of the city of Odessa in 2011.

The Ukrainian Internet Party was registered in 2010 and aims to create an electronic government with free computer courses for all citizens.

Ukraine is holding a snap presidential poll after former leader Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following violent anti-government protests.

Star Wars characters descend on Washington, DC

Storm troopers mingled with locals and tourists near the famous Capitol buildings Credit: Twitter/Museum of Sci-Fi

Star Wars fans descended on the US capital in full costume as part of an event organised by the Science Fiction Museum.

The Science Fiction Museum wants to raise money to establish a permanent home for memorabilia Credit: Twitter/@johnkelly

Storm troopers, imperial guards and Darth Vader himself mingled with locals and tourists in front of the famous Capitol building.

Locals posted images of the short-lived 'invasion' on Twitter Credit: Twitter/@markpsedward

The event was part of a drive by the Science Fiction Museum to raise funds for a museum building to house science fiction memorabilia, sets, props and costumes.

Darth Vader mingling with local law enforcement in Washington, DC Credit: Twitter/@markpsedward