Friday, November 5, 2010

'Illiterate' clown may be denied seat in Brazil's congress By Guy Adams

[This is not the clown in question, this is simply the creepiest clown picture on the planet.]

A former clown who is expected to win a seat in Brazil's congress when the country goes to the polls on Sunday will be prevented from taking office until he passes a test proving that he can read and write, a judge in Sao Paulo has ruled.
Francisco Silva, a circus performer turned TV comedian who is better known by his stage name "Tiririca" - the colloquial Portuguese word for "grumpy" - is accused of being among the one in 10 of his countrymen who are virtually illiterate.
The allegation could prevent him sitting in congress, even though polls suggest that he will win more votes than any other candidate, since (for mostly practical reasons) the Brazilian constitution requires all of the nation's politicians to be able to read.


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