May 14, 2010 / 8:13 PM / 8 years ago

Stressed Uruguay president vows to take it easier

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica arrives for the celebration of the Worker's Day carrying his pet dog Manuela, May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica vowed on Friday to change his diet and hectic work schedule after he canceled an official visit to Spain this week on doctors’ orders.

Mujica, a 74-year-old former guerrilla fighter who took office in March, has complained of feeling stressed and suffering insomnia in recent days.

“I won’t have a serious problem if I do something about it ... . I need to control myself and try to prioritize issues rather than do everything at the same time,” Mujica said during his twice-weekly radio program.

“I wake up at night at 3 a.m. and my head is buzzing with all kinds of problems,” he added.

The leftist, who was jailed for 14 years for his guerrilla activities, said he would switch to a new healthier regimen next week, aiming to fit in an hour’s walk and an afternoon nap.

Mujica was a leader of the Tupamaros movement that carried out robberies, political kidnappings and bombings in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was elected president of the small farming nation late last year, benefiting from the solid economic growth under the previous leftist government.

Mujica had been set to fly to Madrid for a summit of European Union and Latin American nations.

Reporting by Conrado Hornos; Writing by Luciana Lopez

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