'World's poorest president' Jose Mujica offered $1 million for antiquated VW Beetle
Known for his austere lifestyle, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica has claimed that he has been offered a price of $ 1 million to sell off his 1987 vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
Montevideo: Known for his austere lifestyle, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica has claimed that he has been offered a price of $1 million to sell off his 1987 vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
In an interview with a local weekly newspaper Busqueda, Mujica said that an Arab Sheikh has offered him $1 million to sell off his modest car. He further added that he would donate the amount to the charity providing housing to the homeless.
Busqueda reported that the offer for the car was made at an international summit earlier this year in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Septuagenarian Mujica, popularly known as Pepe, is a former leftist Tupamaro guerrilla leader who was shot by police six times and spent 14 years in a military prison. He earned the title of 'World's poorest president' due to his humble lifestyle.
After he became president he claimed that the run-down farm he lives on is also owned by someone else. He also claims to donate around 90 percent of his $12,000 (£7,500) monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.
Mujica had also welcomed 42 Syrian refugees seeking shelter from the civil war when they arrived at Montevideo airport.