Uruguayan President Making a Difference

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Al Jazeera interviewed José Mujica, President of Uruguay, on the occasion of Uruguay’s unprecedented move to legalise marijuana.

Be yourself and don’t try to impose your criteria on the rest.”

He has been described as the world’s poorest president – he lives in a simple farmhouse outside of Montevideo and donates 90% of his income to humanitarian projects in need. In this candid interview he speaks about his life, about frugality and waste, and his vision for change.

A former guerrilla fighter and member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties he spent 11 years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner. Speaking about legalising marijuana in an effort to curb the staggering crime rates and drug trafficking, he asserted that he doesn’t like any addictions, yet,

The only good one is love. Forget everything else.”

More in The Guardian: Uruguay’s president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills

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