A Very Humble President   Leave a comment


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José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano (born 20 May 1935) is an Uruguayan politician who was the 40th President of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015. A former urban guerrilla fighter with the Tupamaros, he was imprisoned for 13 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. A member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, Mujica was Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries from 2005 to 2008 and a Senator afterwards. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010.

He has been described as “the world’s ‘humblest’ president” due to his austere lifestyle and his donation of around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

In 2005, Mujica married Lucía Topolansky, a fellow former Tupamaros member and current senator, after many years of co-habitation. They have no children and live on an austere farm in the outskirts of Montevideo where they cultivate chrysanthemums for sale, having declined to live in the opulent presidential palace or use its staff. His humble lifestyle is reflected by his choice of an aging Volkswagen Beetle from 1987 as transport. In 2010, the value of the car was $1,800 and represented the entirety of the mandatory annual personal wealth declaration filed by Mujica for that year. In November 2014, the Uruguayan newspaper Búsqueda reported that he had been offered 1 million dollars for the car, which was manufactured in 1987; he said that if he did get 1 million dollars for the car it would be donated to house the homeless through a programme that he supports. His wife owns the farm they live on. He has drawn much attention for his unique personality and lifestyle. He describes himself as atheist. Also living at the farm is his three-legged dog, Manuel.

In the 2014 elections incumbent President José Mujica was ineligible to run owing to a constitutional limit on serving consecutive terms. Only one term and then new blood.

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Posted November 9, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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