Zulema Yoma

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Zulema Fátima Yoma (born 1938) is a former First Lady of Argentina.


A native of Nonogasta in La Rioja Province, Yoma was married for twenty-five years (1966–91) to Carlos Saúl Menem, who served as President of Argentina from July 1989 to December 1999. They had two children, a son, Carlos Saúl Facundo Menem Yoma, who died in a helicopter crash in 1995, and a daughter, Zulema María Eva Menem, who, starting in 1991, fulfilled the role of First Lady at formal occasions for the remaining eight years of her father's presidency.[1]


Her son, Carlos Saúl Facundo Menem, died in a helicopter crash in 1995. Although it was ruled an accident, there are conspiracy theories that say he was actually murdered, of which Zulema Yoma and her daughter Zulemita are convinced.[2] Yoma felt her son's death was politically motivated[3] and even stated that the corpse buried in the tomb of the Islamic cemetery is not that of his son, requesting an exhumation.[4]

His son had an illegitimate daughter named Antonella Pinetta, who was born in 1988. Yoma did not recognize her as her granddaughter and refused to have her DNA examined, requesting that the test should be made from the body of her son, to support her request for the exhumation of the body. While Carlos Saúl Menem agreed to participate in the DNA testing, he refused to proceed with the exhumation.


  1. ^ McVeigh, Karen (29 October 1998). "BUENOS HEIRESS; FIRST LADY: The tortured life of Argentinian president Carlos Menem's wild child daughter". Daily Record. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ Una "gran hermana" siempre incondicional de su padre Minutouno.com (Spanish)
  3. ^ Civantos, Christina (1996). Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity. SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture. SUNY Press. ISBN 0-7914-6601-9. 
  4. ^ Zulema Yoma insisted in Mendoza that his son died in a planned attack (Spanish)
  • Graham-Yooll, Andrew (1995). Committed Observer: Memoirs of a Journalist. J. Libbey. ISBN 0-86196-462-4.