Argentine leader, Kirchner down with pharyngitis

Argentine leader, Kirchner down with pharyngitis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:42 pm

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has postponed a domestic trip for health reasons, her cabinet chief said Tuesday.

She was diagnosed with pharyngitis, a painful sore throat condition, on Friday and ordered to rest for two days.

But cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said the 61-year-old president has postponed a trip Thursday to the northern part of the country because of her condition.

She had no official agenda for Tuesday, although an official source said she was holding meetings at her residence.

In July, Kirchner was forced to cancel a trip to Paraguay because of a similar throat condition that kept her out sick for more than a week.

Over a year ago, she underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma, which kept her on medical leave for six weeks.

In early 2012, Kirchner underwent surgery to remove her thyroid gland after an initial cancer diagnosis. Subsequent tissue analysis, however, showed she did not have cancer after all.

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