March 16, 2017

THE PHILIPPINES

President Rodrigo Duterte chose not to stay in Manila’s Malacañang Palace because it is supposedly haunted, opting instead for a house across the river called Bahay Pagbabago.

URUGUAY

Former President José Mujica refused to move into the lavish presidential mansion in 2010. The onetime leftist guerrilla lived at his wife’s farmhouse during his five-year term.

MALAWI

Former President Bakili Muluzi, who came into power in 1994, refused to stay in the “obscene opulence”of the $100 million official residence, built by former autocrat Hastings Banda.

This appears in the March 27, 2017 issue of TIME.

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