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A clown who had to prove he could read and write before taking his seat in Brazil's Congress will be a member of the commission overseeing education and culture

A clown who had to prove he could read and write before taking his seat in Brazil's Congress will be a member of the commission overseeing education and culture

A clown who had to prove he could read and write before taking his seat in Brazil's Congress will be a member of the commission overseeing education and culture

A clown who had to prove he could read and write before taking his seat in Brazil's Congress will be a member of the commission overseeing education and culture.

Party of the Republic chief Lincoln Portela says that Francisco Silva "has a lot to contribute to Brazil's culture".

Mr Silva is known as Tiririca, which means "grumpy" in Portuguese.

He won more votes than any other candidate in Brazil's October elections. But critics suggested he was illiterate and a judge ordered him to take a test in court to prove he was literate.

The judge afterward ruled that Tiririca could read and write well enough to act as a congressman.

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