Latin America & Caribbean

Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez 'stable' in hospital

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addresses supporters during a ceremony at Government House in Buenos Aires on 30 September, 2014 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been told to rest for 10 days once she is released from hospital

Doctors treating Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, 61, say she is "in a stable condition".

They said she was being treated for symptoms of a bacterial infection of the colon.

Her doctors also said she would have to rest for a minimum of 10 days after her release from hospital, for which they did not set a date.

The president has had a series of health problems, some of which have forced her to cancel official trips.

A government spokesman said Ms Fernandez would miss the G20 summit of leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies in the Australian city of Brisbane next week.

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Image caption President Fernandez is receiving treatment in a private clinic in Buenos Aires

Ms Fernandez checked herself into a hospital in Buenos Aires on Sunday with an infectious fever.

Doctors said was suffering from a sigmoiditis, an inflammation or infection of the sigmoid colon.

As a result, the president had to cancel her attendance at a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of a peace treaty with Chile, which Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was also due to attend.

President Fernandez, of the left-wing Front for Victory party, was first elected in 2007 and then returned to power by a comfortable majority in 2011.

Last year she had an operation to treat bleeding on the brain, which forced her to rest for a month.

She also missed this year's independence day celebrations because of a throat infection.

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