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Uruguay’s ex-president, undisputed star

‘The world’s humblest head of state’ has become an unreluctant celebrity as the hero of two films at the Venice Film Festival

AFP, Venice

Mujica, who keeps twin pictures of Che Guevara and Pope Francis on his mantelpiece, has taken to his new role as elder socialist sage with amused relish and not a little self-deprecation.

“I am not a star but I was kissed by one,” he admitted in Venice. “All I’ve done is that one day I decided to try to sort out the world. It was my choice to be poor. I am a neo-Stoic, I suppose. I think it is better to have fewer commitments. Having lots of money and material commitments stops you living — and life disappears in the meantime. You have to dedicate time to the people you love.”

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