Flamboyant former Argentine leader Menem dies at age 90

A charismatic speaker who favored stylish silk and linen suits, Menem saw himself as the successor of his political mentor, Perón, who died in 1974 after returning from exile.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Flamboyant Argentine ex-President Carlos Menem died on Sunday, February 14th, at age 90 after battling long-term health problems, the country’s current President Alberto Fernández announced in a tweet.

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 . . .

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