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Argentine President to Rest a Month After Head Trauma

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sits during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2013. Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been ordered to rest for a month as doctors yesterday said she suffered a head trauma after complaining of a headache and irregular heartbeat.

Fernandez, 60, on Aug. 12 suffered a previously undisclosed head trauma for which tests had been negative, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said in a statement late yesterday.

“A month of rest has been prescribed as well as a continual and strict clinical tracking,” Scoccimarro said in the statement.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff declared her solidarity via twitter today with her Argentine counterpart, while Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli expressed his “preoccupation.”

Responsible decisions will be taken to cure “the health of the president and not expose her to a greater risk like the demands of this work,” Scioli told a local radio station, according to La Nacion. “We must continue with all our work and the management agenda.”

Fernandez, who last spoke in public on Oct. 4, will turn day-to-day operations over to Vice President Amado Boudou during the period of rest. Her medical issues arise as Argentina prepares to hold midterm congressional elections on Oct. 27. In primaries to select candidates, Fernandez’s ruling alliance received just 26 percent of the nationwide vote, its worst result in a decade.

‘Significant Development’

“The vast majority of decisions recently have been taken by the president,” Fabian Perechodnik, an analyst with Poliarquia Consultores, said by phone from Buenos Aires. “If she’s not there for a month, exactly when there are elections, it’s a significant development. It’s going to change the political dynamic.”

Fernandez, who was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2011, has canceled trips and events in the past due to low blood pressure and had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer before doctors determined the tumors removed in January 2012 weren’t cancerous.

To contact the reporters on this story: Daniel Cancel in Buenos Aires at dcancel@bloomberg.net; Andrew Willis in Bogota at awillis21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net

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