The former President of Uruguay José ‘Pepe’ Mujica, also known as the World’s Poorest President, has issued a stark warning to the public: “Remove the wealthy Elites from politics before it’s too late. ”In an emotional message to citizens worldwide, he has urged people to wake up to the financially motivated corruption that is rotting democracy from the core.
Mujica was the Uruguayan President between 2010 and 2015 and was a former urban guerrilla fighter with the Tupamaros who was imprisoned for 13 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.
Often referred to as the “world’s most humble president”, he retired from office in 2015 with an approval rating of 70 percent and had touched people globally with his selfless messages.
He famously donated 90 percent of his salary to charity which offered a strong contrast to politics in the United States, where the average member of Congress is worth more than $1 million and corporations are free to donate to political campaigns with many of the same rights as individuals.
During an interview with CNN en Esp, ñol the former Uruguay President criticized world leaders for not truly representing the people, saying;
“We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,”
“So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.”
“The red carpet, people who play — those things,” [Mujica said, mimicking a person playing a cornet.] “All those things are feudal leftovers. And the staff that surrounds the president are like the old court.”
COA reports: Mujica explained that he didn’t have anything against rich people, per se, but he doesn’t think they do a good job representing the interests of the majority of people who aren’t rich.
“I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money,” Mujica said. “But in politics, we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics…”
“People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”
Asked why rich people make bad representatives of poor people, Mujica said:
“They tend to view the world from their perspective, which is the perspective of money.”