Meet The ‘Poorest President’ In The World

Meet The 'Poorest President' In The WorldIt’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.

‘Donates 90% of his salary’

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 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.


‘I don’t feel poor’

“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,” he says. ”This is a matter of freedom… I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

The Uruguayan opposition says the country’s recent economic prosperity has not resulted in better public services in health and education, and for the first time since Mujica’s election in 2009 his popularity has fallen below 50%. However, he doesn’t have to worry too much about his popularity rating – Uruguayan law means he is not allowed to seek re-election in 2014. Also, at 77, he is likely to retire from politics altogether before long. When he does, he will be eligible for a state pension – and unlike some other former presidents, he may not find the drop in income too hard to get used to.

Do you admire Jose Mujica for the modest lifestyle that he maintains considering he is Uruguay’s president? Share your thoughts about this post!

Source: BBC News

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Cat Reigns As Mayor Of Tiny Alaskan Town

National polls show that voters all over the country are losing faith in their elected leaders. But the 900 residents of Talkeetna, Alaska, say their mayor is doing a great job bringing in tourist dollars and has served in office for over a decade.

“He’s good. He’s probably the best we’ve ever had,” resident Lauri Stec tells KTUU. ”He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he’s been featured in a few different things.” In fact, Stec hangs out with Mayor Stubbs most days at Nagley’s General Store, even though she notes, “He’s growling at me right now.” That’s because the 15-year-old mayor is actually a cat, who was elected to office as a write-in candidate shortly after his birth.

“Their tour guides will trick them [the tourists],” fellow Nagley’s employee Skye Farrar tells KTUU. “They’ll tell them to go to Nagley’s and ask for the mayor.”


And with the power of social media, Stubbs is growing in popularity and drawing visitors to Talkeetna, who comes specifically to meet the honorary mayor. Mayor Stubbs has more than 2,500 Facebook fans on his page, nearly three times as many people who live in the town itself.

“Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him,” Stec said. Though residents say he’s been taking the newfound fame in stride, with his major indulgence being a daily dose of catnip served from a wine glass.

Do you like the idea of Stubbs being the “mayor” of this tiny town? What are other creative ideas to boost a town’s tourism?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Euro News