Photo of "World's Poorest President" on Vacation Goes Viral

Uruguay's Pepe Mujica likes to keep his vacations local and frugal.

January 17, 2013, 1:28 PM

Jan. 17, 2013— -- Jose "Pepe" Mujica, president of Uruguay, is known for his frugal ways. Last year, he earned the nickname of the "world's poorest president" when he revealed that he donates 90 percent of his salary to charitable causes (Mujica earns $12,500 a month, and only keeps $1,250 for himself.) Declining to move into the presidential house, Mujica and wife Lucia Topolansky, currently live in a farm in capital city of Montevideo.

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When it comes to vacationing, Mujica and his wife are not big spenders either. Caught mid-lunch at a restaurant in the coastal city of Carmelo, Uruguay, this image shows Mujica and Topolansky enjoying the outing with no security and wearing casual clothing.

Facebook user Oscar Cassini took the photo and shortly after it was uploaded it had been shared more than 8,000 times. The photo was also shared on Twitter by Cassini with a message in Spanish that read "we must be the only country in the world where the president goes out for lunch with his "First Lady" without bodyguards and wherever he wants because of the respect people offer him. Blessed Uruguay."

The restaurant where Pepe and his wife were spotted is called "Lo D Pepe" - Pepe's Place in Spanish - coincidence?

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