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Uruguay's President José Mujica's Simplicity Draws Attention Around the Globe

LADB Article ID: 78882
Category/Department: Uruguay
Date: 2013-02-01
By: Andrés Gaudín

An austere lifestyle has gained Uiuguay's President José "Pepe" Mujica interntional notoriety, with newspapers around the globe requesting interviews with the 78-year-old South American leader. Mujica has no bodyguards, drives himself in his 1971 car, gives 90% of his salary to build low-cost housing, dresses with unusual simplicity, likes to sit and eat with his aides (or alone) in any ordinary bar near the government house, still lives in his modest house in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of the Uruguayan capital, and cooks his own meals.

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