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Former Argentina president Menem passes away


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Former Argentina president Menem passes away
Carlos Menem (Reuters)

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Buenos Aires – Argentine’s former President Carlos Menem died at 90 after battling long-term health problems, local media reported on Sunday.

The veteran politician and lawyer served as Argentina’s president from 1989 to 1999. He was serving as a senator at the time of his death.

Menem led a tabloid personal life while he pushed Argentina to an economic boom, but his two-term 1989-1999 presidency crumbled under the weight of corruption scandals and he spent years plotting an unlikely comeback.

With his black mane of hair and bushy gray sideburns, Menem at his peak entertained the Rolling Stones at his residence and put Argentina on the international stage, sending troops to the Gulf War and Bosnia. (Reuters)