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Argentine president making 'strong recovery' after surgery


Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, who had surgery two weeks ago to remove a blood clot on her brain, is making a strong recovery, a senior government official said Wednesday.

Vice President Amado Boudou did not specify when the 60-year-old head of state would resume her duties.

But "she is still making a strong recovery and that is very positive," he told reporters.

Kirchner underwent surgery in a Buenos Aires hospital on October 8 after being diagnosed with a "chronic subdural hematoma" sustained during a fall in August.

Ordered discharged five days later, she is spending her convalescence -- 30 days of strict rest -- at Los Olivos, the presidential residence on the outskirts of the capital.

Kirchner's medical setback and subsequent absence comes as the country prepares for Sunday's mid-term legislative elections, which are expected to set the tone for her final two years in office.