martes, 21 de enero de 2014

Chief minister says Argentine President's absence of no concern

The Argentine Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich asked media and personalities not to speculate about the health of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who underwent surgery on her head in October 2013 and returned to work on 8 November, but had yet to attend a public act in 2014, La Nación reported on 21 January. Mr Capitanich said the President was doing her work "with the same enthusiasm as ever...wherever she may be.. There is no need for any speculation there." He said he met with Mrs Kirchner in the presidential palace on 19 or 20 January. One of the country's leading industrialists was cited as expressing concern on 20 January about her whereabouts and wellbeing. Mrs Kirchner was not expected to seek another presidential term, for which special legislation would be needed, and following some disappointing election results last October. The daily Clarín observed on 21 January that the President's timetable remained a mystery to many, including many government officials. It stated there was no certainty yet as to whether or not Mrs Kirchner would attend the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, to be held in Havana on 28 January, nor a meeting of heads of state of the South American trading group Mercosur, scheduled for mid-February 2014. Mrs Kirchner was said also to be concerned with the health of her mother Ofelia Wilhelm, who recently had surgery.

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