Meet World's New 'Poorest' Leader

Nepal's Sushil Koirala is a pretty frugal guy

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2014 11:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nepal elected a new prime minister last month, and the Washington Post takes a look at the man it dubs the world's new poorest leader. Sushil Koirala claims to have three possessions, all of them are inexplicably cell phones and one of which doesn't function. And though he's currently living in an official residence, he owned no property and lived in a rental house before that. The Post notes that his poverty is by choice: His family is wealthy, and he eschewed an inheritance from his dad. Koirala has even gone so far as to kick back $650 his government gave him as a travel allowance to Burma. He's in good company: Uruguay's Jose Mujica, who is known as a shoes-optional kind of guy, has only one declared possession: A two-decade-old Volkswagen Beetle.

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waves at the Constitution Assembly Hall in Katmandu, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waves at the Constitution Assembly Hall in Katmandu, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepal’s newly elected prime minister Sushil Koirala sits before the oath-taking ceremony at the presidential palace in Katmandu, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Nepal’s newly elected prime minister Sushil Koirala sits before the oath-taking ceremony at the presidential palace in Katmandu, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepal's prime minister Sushil Koirala is sworn in by president Ram Baran Yadav, left, in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Nepal's prime minister Sushil Koirala is sworn in by president Ram Baran Yadav, left, in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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