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Dec 20, 2014

Resignation while being loved – Anecdotes of “World’s Poorest President”

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Resignation while being loved – Anecdotes of “World’s Poorest President”


It is apparent that President Putin is an outstanding president and a great leader in the world. This Uruguayan President Mujica is far greater than him. President Putin might emerge once several thousand years, while President Mujica might be the greatest president of all time.
I hope that when President Putin is recommended as world emperor in the future, President Mujica will serve as a consultant or adviser.

Masatoshi Takeshita
December 15, 2014


English translation of the excerpt from a Japanese article: NAVER summary – December 11, 2014 –

Resignation while being loved – Anecdotes of “World’s Poorest President”

Uruguayan President Mujica is called the “World’s Poorest President.” we put together anecdotes about President Mujica who will resign due to the termination of a term next year.


President Mujica was born in 1935, now 79 years old. He comes from an extremely poor family and earned money for his family by caring for livestock or selling flowers. He joined a left-wing urban guerilla group “Tupamaros” in the 1960s. He was arrested in 1972. He had been imprisoned for close to thirteen years until the end of the military junta.


He won the 2009 election and took office as the 40th President on 1 March 2010.


Artificial abortion and gay marriage as well as the production and sale of marijuana were legalized under President Mujica. Uruguay was the first country in the world that legalized marijuana.

Dubbed “World’s Poorest President”


He is also known as “world’s poorest president” because he leads a very simple life in spite of his high position.


He donates 80 percent of his assets and his only individual assets are a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, which is equivalent to about 180,000 yen. He lives in a simple house in the suburbs.

Most of income donated
Photograph: www.telegraph.co.uk


The president’s salary is about 970,000 yen, while the average Uruguayan monthly income is about 60,000 yen. You can easily understand how rich Mr. Mujica is. However, reportedly he donates most of his income with only average income of ordinary people in hand.


Original Source: BBC

He has no presidential plane


President Mujika has no presidential plane so he often flies economy class or asks other presidents for a ride to participate international conferences. Release of images of President Mujica who asked the president of Mexico for a ride back to Uruguay gained popularity among people saying “Cute.”



Reason why he won’t sell his beloved car, though receiving one million dollar offer


Mr. Mujika told the local radio that the car is a gift from his friends and “if I sells it, it would hurt them” and that “as long as I live, the car sleeps in the garage and sometimes takes a walk.”



During a live interview in a TV station in the capital Montevideo, he gave a 100 Uruguayan peso bill (about four dollars, 480 yen) to a homeless man in need.



The president said: When the man asked him for money, he had no coin and gave him to a bill. The man who was given money shouted out “I want him to be the president forever!”


Sensational speech moves the world


Sensational speech of President Mujika [World’s Poorest President]

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.



President Mujika Resigns while being loved

In Uruguay, re-election of the president is banned and President Mujika didn’t run for the presidency.




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