Viva El Presidente!

The President of Uruguay is a daggy 77 year old, full of beans and common sense. To say that Jose Mujica lives modestly is an understatement, as he eschews the usual trappings and luxury of the country’s highest post. And he speaks of the world’s central problem with conviction and simple wisdom. An inspiring figure from outside our anglo-saxon universe indeed! His name is of Spanish Basque origin, meaning place of ferns. Ferns symbolise solitude, sincerity and humility. Mujica’s koru (to mix in a maori metaphor) has definitely unfurled, expressing the inter-connectedness of people and resources.


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