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Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s Carnival double is a hit on Twitter

Jogging leader parodied with frightening accuracy at carnival parade in Basque town of Tolosa

With Spain’s Carnival season in full swing, some revelers have sought to make a political point, with one unusual disguise proving a hit on Twitter.

It doesn't take much to come up with a good costume.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a politician not normally associated with the great outdoors and sometimes criticized for taking a slow-and-steady approach to politics, was famously snapped in 2014 while out jogging during a brief holiday in his native Galicia. Since then, the image has become an internet meme.

The Spanish PM (right) out jogging in 2014.
The Spanish PM (right) out jogging in 2014.

Now a participant in the Carnival parade in Tolosa, in the Basque Country, has taken the meme a step further by dressing up as the PM on Monday, garnering more than 3,500 retweets for his efforts. Wearing a white polo shirt, shorts, and white socks, the would-be Rajoy is flanked by “security” and a few fellow runners. The video was shot by Rubén Plaza, a photographer for local daily Noticias de Gipuzkoa.

Spanish satirists have taken plenty of advantage of the internet meme to poke fun at the Spanish PM. A 2015 video from Spanish site El Intermedio has Rajoy supposedly walking home to an electoral win and that went viral in Spain.

English version by Nick Lyne.

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