Former president gets 7 years in prison

Former president gets 7 years in prison

BUENOS AIRES, June 14 (UPI) -- A court has sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem to seven years in prison for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia.

Gen. Videla, leader of Argentine junta, dies in prison

BUENOS AIRES, May 17 (UPI) -- Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla, who led the Argentine military junta that killed thousands of opponents, died Friday in prison, government officials said. He was 87.
Ex-Argentina president Menem to be tried

Ex-Argentina president Menem to be tried

BUENOS AIRES, March 31 (UPI) -- An ex-president of Argentina will be tried for allegedly obstructing an investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people.

Iran faces new pressure over bombing plot

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. and Israeli efforts to put Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in the dock for international terrorism gathered momentum when authorities here indicted former Argentine President Carlos Menem in connection with a deadly Buenos Aires bombing 15 years ago.

Former Argentine president charged

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A former president of Argentina has been charged with being involved in arms trafficking, prosecutors said.

Ex-Argentine president's divorce final

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 21 (UPI) -- A former Miss Universe says her divorce from the former president of Argentina is complete following a rocky breakup.

Ex-Argentine President Menem to run again

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem said he would form a new political party to run for president in October, La Nacion reported Tuesday.

Former Argentine president collapses

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem collapsed at a political rally and has been hospitalized.

Argentina prepares for Sunday elections

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The ruling Peronist Party in Argentina hopes Sunday's legislative elections will solidify its power.

Ecuador: Ex-defense minister arrested

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Former Ecuadorian Defense Minister Jose Gallardo was arrested for allegedly buying arms from Argentina during the 1990s, Hoy reports.

The Bear's Lair: The doomed continent?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Late in 2001 I wrote a piece on Latin America "The darkening continent" that aroused considerable reader skepticism, since at that time Latin America was still

Argentina: Ex-President Menem returns home

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem has returned to Argentina after a self-imposed exile in neighboring Chile, La Nacion newspaper reported Thursday.

President blames IMF for Argentina's woes

BUENOS AIRES, July 31 (UPI) -- The president of Argentina says that the International Monetary Fund has failed to take responsibility for wrecking the country's economy.

Menem promises to return to face trial

BUENOS AIRES, July 19 (UPI) -- Ex-president of Argentina Carlos Menem, who is currently living in Chile, has promised that he will return to his country to face justice.

Menem: Argentina in state of semi-anarchy

BUENOS AIRES, June 28 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem condemned the nation's current leadership Monday. saying the country was in a state of "semi-anarchy."
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Carlos Menem
WAP99011102 - 11 JANUARY 1999 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Argentine President Carlos Menem meets with President Clinton at the White House, January 11. President Menem is on state visit to the United States. cs/Ian Wagreich UPI

Carlos Saúl Menem (born July 2, 1930) is an Argentine politician who was President of Argentina.

Carlos Robert Saúl Menem Akil was born in 1930 in Anillaco, a small town in the mountainous north of La Rioja Province, Argentina. His parents were immigrants from the Syrian village of Yabrud (part of the Ottoman Empire when they departed), and as a young man, he joined his father as a traveling salesman dealing in feed and sundry items. Menem enrolled in the National University of Cordoba, and received a juris doctor in 1955. As a Law student, he became a vocal Peronist, and after President Juan Perón's overthrow that year, he was briefly incarcerated. He later joined the Peronist Party's successor, the Justicialist Party, and was elected President of its La Rioja Province chapter, in 1963.

Menem was elected Governor of La Rioja in 1973, a prominent post that left him exposed after the overthrow of President Isabel Martínez de Perón in March 1976. Having been close to La Rioja Bishop Enrique Angelelli (a Third World Priest opposed by much of Argentina's conservative Roman Catholic Church), he was imprisoned by the military junta in Formosa Province until 1981, reportedly tortured in the process.

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