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Ex-President Menem Back in Argentina


Former President Carlos Menem has returned to his native Argentina from a self-imposed exile in Chile and pledged to make a political comeback.

Dozens of cheering people greeted Mr. Menem Wednesday as he arrived in his home province of La Rioja on a private plane.

Mr. Menem's return to Argentina comes days after a judge withdrew warrants for his arrest for alleged corruption. The judge, however, ordered him to pay a $1 million bond before leaving Chile.

Mr. Menem had been living in Chile with his wife and son, out of the reach of the warrants issued against him. The former president has denied the charges against him, saying he is being politically persecuted.

Mr. Menem was Argentina's president from 1989 to 1999. The 74-year-old former leader has said he would like to run for president in 2007.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.