Argentina’s Ex-President Carlos Menem dies at 90

The Argentina ex-president, Carlos Menem dies at the age of 90 due to several ailments and Pneumonia, report says on Sunday.

Argentina President President Alberto Fernández confirmed it on his twitter account.

“Con profundo pesar supe de la muerte de Carlos Saúl Menem. Siempre elegido en democracia, fue gobernador de La Rioja, Presidente de la Nación y Senador Nacional. En dictadura fue perseguido y encarcelado. Vaya todo mi cariño a Zulema, a Zulemita y a todos los que hoy lo lloran. [With deep regret I learned death of Carlos Saul Menem. Always elected in democracy, he was Governor of La Rioja, President of the Nation and National Senator. During the dictatorship he was persecuted and imprisoned. All my love goes to Zulema, Zulemita and all those who mourn him today.]

Menem had been hospitalized several times in recent months for pneumonia. He served two terms as president from 1989 to 1999. He was  also serving as a national senator until his death.

He was also as elected governor of La Rioja province in 1973 but was expelled from office in 1976 by the military junta that had overthrown the government of Isabel Peron and he was held under house arrest until 1981.

Fernández declared three days of national mourning starting Sunday in honor of Menem.

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