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Carlos Menem

President of the Argentina
Born Jul 2, 1930

Carlos Saúl Menem is an Argentine politician who was President of Argentina from 1989 to 1999. He is currently an Argentine National Senator for La Rioja Province.

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1930 Birth Carlos Saul Menem was born in 1930 in Anillaco, a small town in the mountainous north of La Rioja Province, Argentina. … Read More


1955 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Menem attended the National University of Córdoba in Argentina's second largest city. In 1955, he became a Lawyer. … Read More


1973 43 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected president of its chapter in La Rioja Province in 1973.
1976 46 Years Old …  He gave the first institutional self-criticism about the Armed Forces' involvement in the 1976 coup and the ensuing reign of terror.


1981 51 Years Old Because of these ties, Menem was imprisoned by the military junta in Formosa Province until 1981, and was reportedly tortured in the process.
1983 53 Years Old In October 1983, after the collapse of military rule, Menem was elected as Governor of La Rioja Province and reelected for a second term in 1987. … Read More
1988 58 Years Old Campaigning as a maverick within his party, Menem defeated longtime Peronist leader Antonio Cafiero in the 1988 primary elections. … Read More
1989 59 Years Old Menem was elected President on May 14, 1989, with 47.5% of the vote, defeating the Radical Civic Union candidate by a substantial margin. … Read More


Menem's successful turnaround of the economy made the country one of the top performers in the world of the developing countries. Argentina's GDP (below 1973 levels when Menem took office) increased 35% from 1990 to 1994 and fixed investment, by 150%. … Read More
1994 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, after a political agreement (the Olivos Pact) with the Radical Civic Union party leader, former president Raúl Alfonsín, Menem succeeded in having the Constitution modified to allow presidential re-election.
With these successes, Menem was reelected to the presidency by a large majority in the 1995 elections. … Read More
1996 - 2004 5 More Events
2005 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, the press reported that he was trying to make an alliance with his former Minister of Economy Domingo Cavallo to fight in the parliamentary elections. … Read More
2007 - 2009 3 More Events
2012 82 Years Old On March 31, 2012, Menem was ordered to stand trial for obstruction of justice in a probe of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people. … Read More
2013 83 Years Old Following an Appeals Court ruling that found Menem guilty of aggravated smuggling, he was sentenced to seven years in prison on June 13, 2013, for his role in illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia; his position as senator earned him immunity from incarceration, and his advanced age (82) afforded him the possibility of house arrest. … Read More
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