Argentina's De La Rua Is Skipping The Honeymoon
It was Fernando de la Rua's moment of triumph. He had just been elected President of Argentina in convincing fashion, crowning a four-decade-long political career and drawing down the curtain on the 10-year reign of Carlos Menem's Peronist Party. But in keeping with his character, de la Rua, 62, was subdued after the Oct. 24 vote. He barely cracked a smile, even as thousands cheered him outside a Buenos Aires hotel. "We will bring economic development with social justice," he pledged somberly.
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