The rumors have been confirmed, and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has taken a month-long leave of absence for health reasons. The detractors of which she has plenty are already drawing analogies with the fate of the deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and looking forward to the defeat of her party “Front for Victory” in the upcoming parliamentary elections in late October.
Cristina Fernandez was offered hospital admission on Saturday after an MIR has shown fluid in her brain. It is not clear whether this fluid is blood or something else, Argentine Agency Infobae reported citing official sources. According to the press- secretary of Argentina Alfredo Scoccimarro, the President was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma.
The official medical report says that this injury may be caused by a fall on August 12 as a result of fainting, and this is not the first such case. For the same reason she had to cancel her trip to Cuba in 2009. In April of 2011, on the eve of the presidential election, she cancelled her visit to Mexico, and in May she cancelled her trip to a regional summit in Paraguay. So far doctors report that they intend to pursue conservative treatment, but a surgical intervention with a craniotomy may be required. Two years ago Christina underwent surgery for thyroid tumor, although biopsy showed that the tumor was benign. The state of health of the president has caused speculation about her capacity in the global media, and gloating in anticipation that it will not help her party on the eve of the parliamentary elections on October 27, and that she would finally abandon her plans to run for the third term in 2015.