Meet the 77-year-old TikTok star operating for president of Colombia: NPR

Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández receives a heat welcome on the Nationwide Congress of Oil Palm Producers in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on June 3.

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Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández receives a heat welcome on the Nationwide Congress of Oil Palm Producers in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on June 3.

Fernanda Pineda/The Washington Publish by way of Getty Photos

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In a shock to a political system lengthy dominated by conventional events and the political machine, an eccentric 77-year-old populist who guarantees drastic finances cuts and jail time for corrupt officers is now main the race for the presidency.

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