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Uruguay's president plans to adopt '30 to 40 poor children' after term

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 December, 2013, 10:14pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 3:40am

Uruguay President Jose Mujica, a former guerilla known for his low-key style, has admitted he hopes to adopt "30 or 40 poor children" after his term ends in 2014, local media reported.

The 78-year-old leader said he envisions putting his plan into place when he steps down as president, a position he has served in since 2010.

"I have the goal of getting together 30 or 40 poor kids and bringing them to live with me," he said at a business dinner, according to the El Observador newspaper.

"Pepe" Mujica, an easy-going, unorthodox leader who refuses to wear a tie, has no children of his own. He is often described in international media as the "poorest president in the world", an allusion to his very modest lifestyle.

He turns over nearly 90 per cent of his presidential salary to social programmes and he eschewed the presidential palace to live with his wife, Senator Lucia Topolansky, in their old farm outside Montevideo, where he dedicates himself to horticulture.

Earlier this month lawmakers passed Mujica's marijuana-legalisation proposal, making Uruguay the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug.


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