Friday, July 30

Carlos Menem, the eccentric Argentine president who came to power as a populist leader and ruled as a capitalist, dies

  • Daniel Pardo
  • BBC World News

Carlos Menem


The photo of Menem as a candidate for the presidency in 1989 showed him that way, with an immense fresco of himself behind.

Carlos Menem, who was president of Argentina for much of the 1990s, died this Sunday at the age of 90.

Menem had been hospitalized for two months in the Los Arcos sanatorium, in Buenos Aires, for a urinary infection.

Previously, the former Argentine president, who directed the destiny of his country between 1989 and 1999, had also spent a couple of weeks at the Institute of Diagnosis and Treatment, due to bilateral pneumonia.

On June 13, 2020, a medical team diagnosed him with severe pneumonia, which in recent weeks worsened due to the diabetes he also suffered.

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