BUENOS AIRES – President Cristina Fernandez on Monday suspended her activities and will rest for 48 hours because of acute laryngitis, the Argentine government said.
The Presidential Medical Unit said in a statement that Fernandez has begun the “appropriate treatment” and will be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Fernandez, 62, had been scheduled on Monday to preside at the events surrounding the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Welsh colonists to the southern Patagonian city of Puerto Madryn along with the first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.
Since she assumed the presidency in December 2007, Fernandez has faced assorted health problems, the most recent being last November when she was hospitalized for an intestinal infection that kept her out of the public eye for three weeks.
Two weeks prior to that episode, Fernandez had had to rest for 48 hours because of a sore throat and in July 2014 another sore throat prevented her from presiding at the country’s Declaration of Independence anniversary celebration.
In October 2013, the president underwent surgery for a cranial hematoma that kept her away from her official duties for a month.
In January 2012, her thyroid was removed after she was diagnosed with cancer, although that diagnosis ultimately proved to be a “false positive.”
Fernandez’s husband and predecessor as president, Nestor Kirchner, died of a heart attack in 2010.