Carlos Menem, former president of the country, has died at 90

Carlos Menem in 1997 when he was President of Argentina. – Daniel Muzio / AP / SIPA

He is an important figure in the political life of Argentina which has just died. Former President Carlos Menem (1989-1999), who ruled the country for a decade along a neoliberal political line, died Sunday in a clinic in Buenos Aires at the age of 90.

“I learned with deep sorrow of the death of Carlos Saul Menem,” Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez, from the Peronist movement like the deceased to whom he paid tribute, said on Twitter. “During the dictatorship (1976-1983), he was persecuted and imprisoned”, he also recalled.

Three days of national mourning have been declared. Carlos Menem will be buried Monday in the Muslim cemetery of Buenos Aires, where his son Carlos is buried, who died in 1995 in a helicopter crash that has never been clarified. “He is going to rest in the Muslim cemetery with my brother, although he was of the Catholic religion, to be with my brother,” Carlos Menem’s daughter, Zulemita, said on discharge from the hospital.

The wake began Sunday evening at Congress, where the country’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner, also President of the Senate, received the family on arrival of the coffin covered with the Argentine flag. The visibly moved President Fernandez and his wife Fabiola Yanez arrived an hour later and offered their condolences to the family.

Senator since 2005, Carlos Menem had been hospitalized several times in recent months due to various health problems. On December 29, he was unable to participate in the Senate vote on the abortion law due to his hospitalization.

Initiator of the peso-dollar convertibility

Originally from the province of La Rioja (north-west), Carlos Menem, son of Syrian immigrants, ruled Argentina during the 1990s. During this period, he introduced “convertibility” fixing the peso exchange rate. one-to-one dollar. The national currency had suffered a violent devaluation during the historic economic crisis that followed.

Carlos Menem was the subject of judicial inquiries in several corruption cases, but had never been convicted. Placed in house arrest in 2001 in a case of arms smuggling to Croatia and Ecuador, he was released a few weeks later by decision of the Supreme Court of Justice and finally discharged due to the excessive length of time. the proceedings after a quarter of a century of prosecution.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by

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