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Fernandez Sidelined by Low Blood Pressure Ahead of Election

October 12, 2011

(Updates with doctor’s statement in second paragraph.)

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was forced to cancel her scheduled activities for a third time this year because of low blood pressure, less than two weeks before she seeks re-election.

Fernandez, 58, was ordered to rest yesterday and has cleared her schedule for today, according to a statement on her official website. “She’s recovering well” and will resume her activities tomorrow, Dr. Marcelo Ballesteros said in a separate statement on the website.

Fernandez, who leads polls ahead of the country’s Oct. 23 election, had been scheduled to visit a plant owned by food producer Molinos Rio de la Plata SA in Buenos Aires today. Her spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, didn’t return a phone call by Bloomberg to his office seeking comment.

The president also canceled a trip to Mexico in April and suspended official activities in Argentina for a day in January due to low blood pressure. Fernandez succeeded her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack last October at the age of 60, as president in December 2007.

In June, Fernandez canceled a planned trip to a meeting of leaders of the Mercosur regional trade bloc in Paraguay after falling and cutting her forehead at an event in Buenos Aires.

--With assistance from Eliana Raszewski in Buenos Aires. Editors: Bill Faries, Robert Jameson, Philip Sanders

To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Jarvie in Buenos Aires at rjarvie@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Faries at wfaries@bloomberg.net.


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