Argentina declares 3-day mourning due to Ex-President Carlos Menem's death

A three-day national mourning has begun in Argentina after the death of former President Carlos Saul Menem, the presidential administration said.

"President Alberto Fernandez declared a three-day national mourning started today [Sunday] due to the death of Carlos Saul Menem, who was twice elected president of the nation, at the age of 90," the administration said in a statement on Sunday.

The ex-president died in hospital where he was admitted two months ago due to a urinary infection.

Menem was the governor of his home province La Rioja during the periods of 1973-1976 and 1983-1989. In 1989, he won the presidential election and stayed in power until 1999.

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