Tiririca the clown can take his seat in Brazil's Congress after all, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Francisco Oliveira, who performs as Tiririca, passed a literacy test after opponents alleged he couldn't read or write as law requires of congressmen, said Aloisio Sergio Rezende Silveira, a judge for a regional electoral court in Sao Paulo.
Oliveira was elected to the lower house of Congress in October after appearing in festive campaign ads in full costume. He claimed he didn‚Äôt know what federal lawmakers did, and he said voters wouldn't be worse off if he was elected.
‚ÄúWhat does a federal representative do? I¬†don't know, but vote for me and I'll tell you,‚ÄĚ Oliveira said in one of the ads, according to a Portuguese-to-English translation.
In a November literacy test, Oliveira demonstrated "a minimum of intellect concerning the content of a text despite difficulties in writing,‚ÄĚ the BBC quoted the judge as saying.
"The electoral court considers someone to be ineligible only if they are totally illiterate," the judge said, according to the BBC.
Oliveira, who will represent the state of Sao Paulo,¬†received 1,353,820 votes¬†- the most for any lower-house candidate in October‚Äôs election, according to The Economist.