BUENOS AIRES: President Cristina Fernandez will stay in charge of Argentina’s government even though she has been ordered by her doctors to take a month of rest due to a subdural hematoma, or blood on the brain, a government source said. “Rest does not mean disconnection,” said the source, who spoke with Reuters early yesterday and asked not to be named.
The hematoma will keep the combative 60-year-old leader out of action three weeks ahead of October 27 mid-term congressional elections that will determine how much legislative clout she enjoys during her final two years in office.
Vice President Amado Boudou cut short a planned visit to Brazil and France to return to Argentina during the weekend and take over as president, but in name only, according to the source, who said Fernandez remained in control.
“Trips on airplanes, speeches and campaign events are not recommended due to the hematoma but the she will stay on top of things from home,” said the source, who has direct knowledge of the situation.
The president’s condition may have come from hitting her head during a fall she took in August, although she was cleared by her doctors at the time, a presidential spokesman said.
Fernandez, known for micro-managing her Cabinet, may find it hard to keep a low profile during such a politically sensitive time for Latin America’s third biggest economy. Her government also is at the apex of a battle in the US courts over Argentina’s
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