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Clown runs for political office in Ecuador

Tiko Tiko, a popular clown in Ecuador plans on taking his funny act into politics as he runs for office.

Tiko Tiko the clown

Know as Tiko Tiko the clown, Carrillo is running for political office. Tiko Tiko is the candidate for the Ecuadorian Socialist Party. He is vying for a spot in the National Assembly. He is the third candidate for the second district in Guayaquil.

Tiko Tiko is a famous clown in Ecuador. His career began in the 1970s. His programmes and commentary on child issues have made him relevant till today.

Carrillo isn't originally from Ecuador. He was born in Colombia but later secured Ecuadorian nationality. "I was born in Bogota and Tiko Tiko was born in Guayaquil," he told The Universe in 2008.


Tiko Tiko is so famous and his influence far-reaching that he usually features in the weekly address of President Rafael Correa.

British comedian John Oliver mocked Correa for featuring a clown in his weekly addresses. His criticism got a lot of backlash among Ecuadorians including President Rafael Correa.

Tiko Tiko also got into the action. He penned an op-ed piece in a newspaper and said that clowns have a right to participate in the political affairs of a country.

In 2013, Tiko Tiko, however, said: "I do not get into politics." Despite what he said three years ago, the clown has thrown his hat into the ring. If he wins, he will have to adjust to a new line of business where jokes are not allowed.


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