José Mujica

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Legislators from all parties highlighted the figure of José Mujica, on his last day in the Senate
José Mujica
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"There is a time to arrive and there is a time to go in life." Thus began his final speech in the Senate, and thanked all the legislators who in these years have "endured" and with whom he shared "hard hours and others even funny."

Known worldwide as "the poorest president in the world", and until today a senator of Uruguay, he left his place at 85 years old and haunted by an immunological disease, receiving praise from his colleagues from all parties.

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José "Pepe" Mujica confirms he will shortly be leaving his senatorial seat both because of his age and health concerns
José "Pepe" Mujica confirms he will shortly be leaving his senatorial seat both because of his age and health concerns
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Former Uruguayan President José "Pepe" Mujica confirmed this Sunday, before casting his vote in the departmental and municipal elections that took place in that country, that he will shortly leave his seat as senator both due to his age and health-related issues.

Mujica had already hinted on another occasion that he would leave the Senate in October, but this Sunday he announced that if he can, he will "leave it earlier." "I am about to leave because of my age, because I have a chronic immunological disease and it is logical that politics obliges social relations. If I have to take care of myself, I cannot speak, I cannot go to one side, I cannot go to the other, I am a bad senator ", argued the former president, 85 years old.