The Hexing of the President

These are not the best of times for Argentina's President Carlos Menem. When his wife Zulema barricaded herself and their two children within the presidential residence, he prudently left the country for a European sojourn, though not before signing a decree giving himself sole authority over who is allowed inside. When he returned home, he ousted Zulema, who then made a melodramatic scene in front of TV cameras. But these troubles pale before a new problem confronting Menem. Legions of superstitious Argentines have become convinced he is cursed with a hex. The alleged evidence: several of his Cabinet ministers have died...

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