Argentine Alfonsin 'very fragile'





The man who led Argentina out of the era of military dictatorship, Raul Alfonsin, is said to be very ill and to be having difficulty breathing.

Doctors say Mr Alfonsin, 82, has pneumonia and lung cancer. His son Ricardo says he is "very fragile".

He was the first democratically-elected president after the military regime that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

Mr Alfonsin was president from 1983, when the generals lost power after British troops drove invading Argentinian forces out of the Falkland Islands, or Malvinas. He left power in 1989.

Under the generals' rule, thousands of suspected left-wingers were killed or disappeared.


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