Former Argentine President Menem dies

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINE (AP) — Carlos Menem, a former Argentine president who delivered short-lived economic stability and forged close ties with the United States in the 1990s even as he navigated scandal and enjoyed an often flamboyant lifestyle, has died.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández confirmed the death of the 90-year-old former leader, who had been ailing recently.

The dapper lawyer from one of Argentina’s poorest provinces, dismissed by critics, steered Argentina toward a free-market model that was, at one point, envied by neighbours and favoured by investors.

Menem’s accomplishments, however, coincided with growing unemployment, economic inequality and foreign debt.