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‘Poorest president’ rejects pension
    2018-08-21  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FORMER Uruguayan President José Mujica, who was dubbed “the world’s poorest president,” has rejected the pension from his time as a senator.

The 83-year-old resigned early last week from his post of a senator. He had held the position since 2015 when his five-year term as a president ended.

He has termed his decision to retire as personal.

“I’d say it’s exhaustion after the long journey. Nevertheless, while my mind works, I can’t resign from solidarity and the battle of ideas,” Mujica said in his resignation letter.

Mujica resigned from his position despite having the right to stay on as senator until 2020.

Mujica’s down-to-earth lifestyle is what made him famous. Mujica made US$1,200 a month during his five-year term as president. Furthermore, Mujica went on to donate 90 percent of his fortune to charity.

Mujica also refused to live in the presidential palace during his tenure as president, opting to live on his farm with his wife where they grow flowers.

He also turned down an offer of US$1 million in 2014 for his light blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle saying that he needed it to drive his three-legged dog.

“I’m called the poorest president, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more. This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them and therefore you has more time for yourself,” he said in an interview in 2012.

(SD-Agencies)

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