Ukraine’s presidential candidate pushes for new parliament

The odds-on favorite in Ukraine’s presidential election runoff says he would like to call an early parliamentary election if he wins Sundays vote.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a popular comedian who leads in the polls ahead of Sundays runoff, told the RBC Ukraine website in an interview Thursday that he would push for an early parliamentary election. Ukraine’s Supreme Rada is controlled by incumbent President Petro Poroshenko’s ruling party, and the next parliamentary election is due at the end of October.

Zelensky said Thursday that an early parliamentary election of is part of his idea of a renewal of the country’s ruling elite but he conceded it may take months to make that happen.

The latest opinion polls show Poroshenko trailing far behind Zelensky.