July 11, 2002 |
In a move that appears to boost former Argentine President Carlos Menem's aspirations to return to power, a top governor from his Peronist party backed away from the race Wednesday following days of tense negotiations with party leaders. The decision of Gov. Carlos Reutemann laid bare the turmoil inside the ruling party. In essence, one of the leading lights of Argentine politics decided not to run for president because he didn't trust fellow Peronists to support him if he was elected.