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Tiririca’s Clowning Around Finally Pays Off
A Brazilian clown has had the last laugh by winning a seat in Congress with more votes than any other candidate in Sunday’s elections.

Tiririca, or Francisco Oliveira Silva to give him his real name, was elected as a federal deputy for Sao Paulo with more than 1.3 million votes. Tiririca, or “Grumpy”, had slogans such as: “It can’t get any worse.”

Tiririca won 1,353,355 votes – well ahead of the next best-supported politician, former Rio state governor Antony Garotinho, who took more than 694,000 votes to be elected a federal deputy for the state. Tiririca’s sucess could also have a bearing on other election races, as he can pass on his excess votes to other candidates in his party’s coalition, which includes the governing Workers Party.

Tiririca survived a last-minute legal challenge to his candidacy amid evidence that he did not meet the literacy requirement for elected office. However, the electoral authorities indicated he could be removed from office if he failed to show he can read and write after the election.