Sunday 17 December 2017

Illiterate clown heads for Brazilian congress

Brazilians seem eager to put a clown in parliament -- but the courts are not laughing about a new report that he does not meet a legal requirement to be able to read and write.

The Brazilian constitution says that members of Congress must be literate and prosecutors say they want to force Tiririca, meaning "grumpy" in colloquial Portuguese, to disprove the allegations.

Otherwise, he could be thrown out of office if he wins the election.

Tiririca, whose real name is Francisco Silva, has been this electoral season's hit in Brazil, drawing millions of viewers on YouTube to his campaign ads.

His slogans include "It can't get any worse" and "What does a federal deputy do? Truly, I don't know. But vote for me and you'll find out".

Polls show he is likely to win more votes for Brazil's lower house than any other candidate.

Irish Independent

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