Uruguay’s Jose Mujica: The world’s ‘Poorest’ president
Posted by addisethiopia on January 21, 2013
My note: Simplemente, guay! This is how leaders should behave toward the nation they are supposed to serve. An individual is successful in life when he/she is competent and modest at the same time. Good-for-nothing, morally irresponsible leaders like the Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga – who on several occations expressed anti-Ethiopian sentiments – is the third highest paid politician in the world, higher than President Obama. Obama’s father is descended from the same Luo tribe of Kenya as Mr Odinga, and his half-brother may run for President of Kenya in 2018
It’s a common grumble that politicians’ lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president – who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.
Laundry 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.