Carlos Menem

Argentine politician, president of Argentina from 1989 to 1999

Carlos Saúl Menem (July 2, 1930 – February 14, 2021) was an Argentine politician and writer. He was the President of Argentina from July 8, 1989 to December 10, 1999.[1] From 1973 to 1976 and again from 1983 to 1989, Menem was Governor of La Rioja.

Carlos Menem
Official presidential portrait of Menem
47th President of Argentina
In office
July 8, 1989 – December 10, 1999
Vice PresidentEduardo Duhalde (1989-1991)
None (1991-1995)
Carlos Ruckauf (1995-1999)
Preceded byRaúl Alfonsín
Succeeded byFernando de la Rúa
National Senator of Argentina
In office
December 10, 2005 – February 14, 2021
ConstituencyLa Rioja
Governor of La Rioja
In office
December 10, 1983 – July 8, 1989
Vice GovernorBernabé Arnaudo
Preceded byMilitary Junta
Succeeded byBernabé Arnaudo
In office
May 25, 1973 – March 24, 1976
Preceded byMilitary Junta
Succeeded byMilitary Junta
Personal details
Carlos Saúl Menem

(1930-07-02)July 2, 1930
Anillaco, La Rioja, Argentina
DiedFebruary 14, 2021(2021-02-14) (aged 90)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist
Spouse(s)Zulema Yoma (1966–91) (divorced)
Cecilia Bolocco (2001–11) (divorced)
RelationsSaúl Menem
Mohibe Akil
ChildrenZulema Menem
Carlos Saúl Facundo Menem
Carlos Nair Menem
Máximo Saúl Menem

Menem was the first Argentine president to visit Israel.[2] He was a supporter of Peronist ideas.

After he moved to Chile, Argentina tried to extradite him. In 2005, he became Senator for La Rioja.

In 2003, he ran for president again and narrowly won the first round of the election. However he dropped out of the race after seeing that Néstor Kirchner would beat him in the second round.

Some Argentines believe that his name brings bad luck, something that Menem also believed.[3][4]

On 15 December 2020, he was hospitalized in Buenos Aires for a urinary tract infection.[5][6][7] On 24 December, he suffered from kidney failure and was in a coma.[8][9] Menem died on 14 February 2021 from problems caused by the infection, aged 90.[10]


  1. Juan Jesús Aznarez, "El Supremo argentino manda detener a Timerman, denunciado por Menem", El Pais, 30 March 1996, accessed 4 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. "234 Summary of a meeting between Prime Minister Shamir and President Menem of Argentina- 2 October 1991". Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2 October 1991.
  3. "Argentina's Ex-President Appears to Be Cursed". Atlas Obscura. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  4. "Carlos Menem, former Argentine president, dies aged 90". Financial Times. 14 February 2021. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  5. "Internaron al ex presidente Carlos Menem" (in Spanish). Infobae. 15 December 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  6. "Carlos Menem sufrió una complicación coronaria" (in Spanish). Página/12. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  7. "Carlos Menem en grave estado: "Papá está luchándola, nos encomendamos a Dios", dijo Zulemita". Clarín (Argentine newspaper) (in Spanish). 18 December 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  8. "El expresidente argentino Carlos Menem, en coma inducido tras sufrir una complicación renal". El País (in Spanish). 25 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  9. "Carlos Menem in induced coma after suffering kidney failure". Buenos Aires Times. 26 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  10. Romo, Rafael; Girón, Nacho; Correa, Hugo Manu (14 February 2021). "Carlos Menem, former President of Argentina, dies at 90". CNN. Retrieved 14 February 2021.

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