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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 Sunday's vote.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comedian who leads in the polls ahead of Sunday's 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.

Zelenskiy 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.

A man walks down a slope in a park in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The second round of presidential vote in Ukraine will take place on April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

The latest opinion polls show Poroshenko trailing far behind Zelenskiy.

A couple hugs as a girl takes photographs near a blooming tree in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The second round of presidential vote in Ukraine will take place on April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

A woman working as a cashier at a public toilet looks out of her enclosure in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The second round of presidential vote in Ukraine will take place on April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

A youngster speaks on a cellphone sitting behind church construction elements for sale in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The second round of presidential vote in Ukraine will take place on April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

People sit on a sunny morning in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, April 18, 2019. The second round of presidential vote in Ukraine will take place on Sunday April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)

People sit on a sunny morning in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, April 18, 2019. The second round of presidential voting in Ukraine will take place on upcoming Sunday April 21. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)