Argentina’s Fernandez Recovering After Surgery to Remove Clot
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has had no complications in her recovery a day after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot close to her brain.
Fernandez is in a “very good mood” and will begin eating solids today, her doctors Facundo Manes and Gerardo Bozovich said in a statement.
“The president rested very well all night,” presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said on television.
Fernandez, 60, was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma last weekend after suffering a blow to the head Aug. 12, the day after primaries, Scoccimarro said Oct. 5, without providing further details. Prior to the surgery, doctors had recommended that she rest for a month, which would prevent her from campaigning alongside candidates before the Oct. 27 mid-term congressional elections. Vice President Amado Boudou is currently running day-to-day affairs for her.
Fernandez’s popularity has tumbled amid growing discontent over currency controls, 25 percent inflation and rising crime since she won a second term in 2011 with 54 percent of votes. After candidates from her Victory Front alliance won about 30 percent of nationwide votes in the August primaries, Argentine bonds and stocks have rallied on speculation a change of government when Fernandez steps down in 2015 will result in more market-friendly policies.
Argentina’s restructured dollar bonds have risen 5.8 percent since the primaries, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI Global index. In the same period, the benchmark Merval stock exchange has surged 36 percent, touching a record yesterday.
Pope Francis, who as archbishop of Buenos Aires clashed with Fernandez over same-sex marriage legislation and poverty reduction policies, sent a note to the president today wishing her a full recovery.
“In these very particular moments, I wish to be with you through my prayers for you and the total recovery of your health,” he said, according to a statement posted on the presidential website.
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