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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
Meet World's New 'Poorest' Leader
Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waves at the Constitution Assembly Hall in Katmandu, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(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. (Read more Sushil Koirala stories.)

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