Indigenous leader becomes surprise contender in Ecuador’s presidential election

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He wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a suit. Instead of a tie round his neck, Yaku Pérez wears a Wiphala, a multi-colored flag that symbolizes indigenous identity in the Andes. His long, black hair either hangs freely or is tied in a ponytail, although he has worn a Panama hat on the campaign trail. A long time ago he changed his given name from Carlos to Yaku, which means “water” in Quechua, although he has kept his Spanish last name.

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