Illness to keep Argentine president from holiday

President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina listens as U.S. President George W. Bush gives remarks at a summit on financial markets and the world economy on the North Portico of the White House November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Ron Sachs, Getty Images)
President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina listens as U.S. President George W. Bush gives remarks at a summit on financial markets and the world economy on the North Portico of the White House November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Ron Sachs, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/06 3:44 pm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will miss her country's Independence Day celebrations this week to continue recovering from an acute throat infection.

The Presidential Medical Unit said Sunday the 61-year-old leader will perform her duties from the presidential residence through Wednesday, when she was scheduled to preside over events marking Argentina's 198 years of independence.

Fernandez's withdrawal from public coincides with the start Monday of negotiations in New York to resolve Argentina's dispute with U.S. bondholders over $1.5 billion in debts.

The illness is the latest health issue to sideline Fernandez. In January, she was treated for hip pain and sciatica. Last fall, she underwent head surgery to remove a blood clot. A 40-day period between December and January when Fernandez went silent from public comments sparked concern about her condition.

 

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