Corruption scandal swirls around Argentine leader

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Salon - Michael Warren, AP, 12/17/13

New corruption allegations are swirling around the Argentine president, who ordered her personal secretary to read a blistering statement Tuesday accusing the nation’s leading newspapers of lying and defaming her “in the best style of fascism.”

The scandal centers on Lazaro Baez, an old friend and business partner of President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner. “Austral Construcciones” and other Baez companies have won many public works contracts during the Kirchners’ decade in office.