Brazilian judge deems clown literate enough for Congress

Judge Aloisio Silveira rules that Francisco Silva can take his seat in Brazil's lower house

Published December 1, 2010 7:50PM (EST)

The clown is going to Congress.

Francisco Silva won more votes than any other candidate for Brazil's lower house and now he has been cleared to take his seat. A judge says he can read and write well enough to act as a congressman.

Judge Aloisio Silveira ruled Wednesday that Silva did not lie when he signed a document swearing that he is literate.

Silva became famous as the clown Tiririca, which means "Grumpy" in Portuguese. He received about 1.3 million votes in elections last October. But allegations that he was illiterate emerged after discrepancies between the handwriting on Silva's application to run for Congress and that on the document in which he swears he can read and write.

By Associated Press

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