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ARGENTINA | 02-07-2020 16:17

Ex-president Carlos Menem back in hospital with breathing difficulties

Former president, who turned 90 on Thursday, re-admitted to hospital just three days after being discharged. He remains in an intensive care unit.

Former president Carlos Menem was admitted to hospital again in the early hours of Thursday morning suffering from breathing difficulties, family sources told the local press.

It is only three days since Menem, who served as president from 1989 to 19999, was discharged after two weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a severe pneumonia.

He is in intensive care at the Los Arcos private clinic in Palermo..

The senator, who turned 90 on Thursday, was first taken to hospital on June 13 where he also received intensive care. He was tested for coronavirus but that came back negative.

"We've reached 90 old man!!! I start this day paraphrasing you 'We're feeling bad but doing well.' Today is your birthday, but God gave me the gift of having you on this day. I love you with my soul. Stay strong dad," Menem's daughter Zulema wrote on Twitter.

Since entering the Senate in 2005, Menem has kept a much lower profile than during his presidency when he pursued an aggressive privatisation policy.

– TIMES/AFP

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