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World's poorest president

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica lives on a farm on the outskirts of Montevideo with his wife and three legged dog and donates 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity and leaving him with just £485 a month to live off. It has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

The charismatic 77 years old president, Jose Mujica has refused to adapt his lifestyle to match the trappings of wealth that come with being the country's most powerful figure and he still lives on his farm. The only sign the country's leader is at home are the pair of police officers who stand guard at the end of his heavily tractor rutted dirt track.

The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers.

According to the 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, and always want more and more," he says.

The Uruguayan leader made a similar point when he addressed the Rio+20 summit in June 2013.