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Argentine President Kirchner Makes High Court Nomination - 2004-10-14

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner has nominated a civil attorney to a seat on his country's supreme court. A vacancy was created last month when Justice Adolfo Vazquez resigned in the face of impeachment proceedings.

Mr. Kirchner announced Thursday in Buenos Aires he has selected attorney Ricardo Lorenzetti to sit on the high court. Mr. Lorenzetti will now undergo Senate hearings.

President Kirchner took office in May 2003 calling for an overhaul of the nine-member high court. Since then four justices nominated by his predecessor, Carlos Menem, have resigned or been impeached.

The Menem court had been accused of being politically biased.