Scandals Have The Peronists On The Run

They may lose control of congress, weakening Menem

Not long after Carlos Menem won the presidency in 1989, he angered many Argentines by racing around in the Ferrari he had accepted from Italian executives interested in the country's airport privatizations. It seemed a flagrant conflict of interest, but that was only an opener. Since then Argentina's voluble press and other presidential critics have accused Menem and those around him of tax fraud, money-laundering, graft, underworld ties--the list seems endless. Last month, federal authorities called for an investigation into whether Menem's Communications Secretary and the head of AT&T Argentina had manipulated an auction of mobile-phone bands.

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