Latin America & Caribbean

Argentine president back at work after brain surgery

The Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Image caption The Argentine president thanked well-wishers in a video message

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has returned to work after undergoing brain surgery.

Ms Fernandez held meetings with officials and Vice-president Amado Boudou, who led the administration during her six-week convalescence.

She has also released a video message, thanking those who supported her during "difficult moments".

The president, 60, had surgery on 8 October to remove a blood clot on her brain found during routine checks.

She was discharged from hospital a month later.

Doctors say they will continue to monitor her health, with new tests taking place in December.

Electoral defeat

In her video message, filmed by her daughter Florencia, Ms Fernandez said she had experienced "a difficult moment" when she attended a routine medical check on her heart and was told she would need surgery.

"But fine, here we are, once again back at work and putting our shoulder to the wheel."

The procedure on 8 October removed blood that had pooled on the surface of her brain after she fell and knocked her head.

Her illness forced her to abandon campaigning for mid-term congressional elections.

Her allies suffered heavy losses in the 27 October vote, and Ms Fernandez had her majority in Congress reduced.

That put an end to any speculation that she may try to amend the constitution to allow her to run for a third term in office.

Ms Fernandez was first elected in 2007 and then returned to power with a comfortable majority in 2011. She is due to leave office in two years' time.

Her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, died from a heart attack in 2010.

Ms Fernandez, who has low blood pressure and had a thyroid gland removed in 2012, has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions while serving as president.

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