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Portugal author under investigation for presidential clown jibe

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Portugal author under investigation for presidential clown jibe

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Portuguese author Miguel Sousa Tavares has landed himself in hot water after calling the president a clown.

His jibe made the front page of the leading financial daily, where he said the country didn’t need a figure like Italian comedian-turned politician Beppe Grillo, saying “We already have a clown, his name is Cavaco Silva.”

He is now under investigation and could face up to three years in prison for offending the honour of the president. Tavares admitted he may have gone too far with his remarks.