RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three decades ago, Lázaro Báez was a cashier at the Bank of Santa Cruz in the southern province, Néstor Kirchner's birthplace. He climbed his way up the ladder with his friend's help. When Kirchner became Argentine President in 2003, Báez left the bank and founded a road construction company that became one of the main contractors of public works during the governments of both Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.
Lázaro Báez ate with Néstor Kirchner at his last dinner and was the man who built the mausoleum . . .