José Mujica

José MujicaLaundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. Only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, keep watch outside.
This is the residence of the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders.
President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife’s farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo.
The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers.
This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

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4 Responses to José Mujica

  1. shinichi says:

    Jose Mujica: The world’s ‘poorest’ president
    by Vladimir Hernandez
    BBC
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20243493

    Самый бедный в мире президент
    by Сергей Никитский
    http://nikitskij.livejournal.com/303296.html

  2. shinichi says:

    Me llaman ‘el presidente más pobre, pero no me siento mal. Las personas pobres son aquellos que sólo trabajan para tratar de mantener un estilo de vida caro, y siempre quieren más y más.

    Este es un asunto de libertad. Si usted no tiene muchas posesiones, entonces no tienen que trabajar toda su vida como un esclavo para mantenerlos, y por lo tanto tiene más tiempo para sí mismo.

  3. shinichi says:

    Two “good” people: José Mujica and Coluche

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