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Stung by corruption allegations, Argentine leader lashes out against newspaper's 'lies'

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.The couple's declared wealth has grown more than tenfold since they began leading Argentina, gains they attributed to lucky moves in real estate and the profits from several luxury hotels they own in Patagonia.Now a series of investigative reports by the newspaper La Nacion suggests that Baez may have funneled taxpayer money from his contracts back to the Kirchners in the form of "rent" payments for rooms at the couple's hotels.According to La Nacion, the official books of ...

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