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    Unhappy Dark moment for Argentina: ex-president Carlos Menem, 90, passes away

    Buenos Aires (CNN) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem died on Sunday, his daughter, Zulema Menem, has confirmed to CNN. He was 90 years old.

    Menem took office in July 1989 and promoted laws to reform the government and the economy after his predecessor, Raúl Alfonsín, resigned in the middle of a deep financial crisis caused by hyperinflation. Menem privatized some companies that had until that point been under state authority and was able to get inflation under control.

    Menem left office in 1999 after unsuccessfully trying to modify the constitution to run for a third term. He ran again for the presidency in 2003, obtaining the highest percentage of votes during the first round of elections, but ultimately decided against advancing to the second round.

    He remained active in politics by becoming a senator with the Justicialist Party representing La Rioja province from 2005 until 2019. He then joined forces with the Peronist coalition called "Front of All" and was re-elected to another term that would have run until 2023.

    Menem had three children with his wife Zulema Yoma, before the couple divorced in 1991. He later married Chilean TV host and actress Cecilia Bolocco, with whom he had one child. Their marriage ended 10 years later.

    Argentina's current President Alberto Fernández decreed three days of national mourning starting Sunday in honor of Menem.
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    Died due to complications from a urinary tract infection, plus pneumonia he had been struggling with for half a year now. Evidently too much stuff piled up, and this time he couldn't make it. Rest in peace, Golden Turk. Despite your mistakes, you did more for this country than most who came before you, and all who have come since.

    For those not familiar with the icon, Wikipedia provides a decent summary of his life and career, although it skips most details past the late 2000s. "He may not have done everything, but that he did a lot, no one can deny".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Menem
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presid...f_Carlos_Menem

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    "2003 - End of nostalgia. Beginning of hope."



    "Menem - What doubt could there be about it?"



    "Menem knows what to do, and can do it"



    "Menem 2003 - Why must he return?"



    "With Menem we have a second chance."



    "Thank you! I know what people expect from me and I am determined to do it."



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    "Menem promised to annihilate unemployment"

























    "Menem 2003 - The most anticipated comeback!"



    "I think all governments, save for my own, have been corrupt."

















    "To change history"



    "He did more than anyone. He will do much more."
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