Former Argentine President Carlos Menem (1989-1999), who is 90 years old, is in an induced coma at the Buenos Aires hospital in which he has been hospitalized for more than a week, after suffering kidney failure in the midst of his delicate health, sources around him confirmed this Thursday to Efe.
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The veteran Peronist politician was admitted on December 15 to the Sanatorio Los Arcos in the Argentine capital for a prostate medical check-up, and already There he was diagnosed with a urinary infection that complicated his heart problems.
In recent days, he reportedly had registered a slight improvement, until this morning the sources explained that he suffered a “renal decompensation” and was induced to coma.
“It is delicate, we are going to pray in the name of God to see if it recovers,” Zulema Yoma, exposa of the current senator and one of his closest people, told EFE.
He is delicate, we will pray for in the name of God to see if he recovers
The former head of state, who this year was hospitalized on two other occasions -In June due to a picture of pneumonia that forced him to be transferred to the intensive care unit, and at the end of July to carry out several studies- he turned 90 on July 2, while he was hospitalized.
A lawyer by profession, he was president for two consecutive terms, from 1989 to 1999, after having been governor of La Rioja, his native province, between 1973 and 1976 -year in that he was arrested after the coup that led to the last dictatorship (1976-1983) – and again from 1983 until he began his presidential campaign in 1987.
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His management as head of state was marked by the transformation in the economy, with a great commercial opening and an intense process of privatization of public companies, but also due to accusations of corruption, that he has had to face in court in recent years, while serving as a senator, a position he has held since 2005.
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