28 Dec 2011

Argentine President has cancer

8:34 pm on 28 December 2011

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will undergo surgery next week for cancer.

A spokesman said the cancer is in her thyroid gland but has not spread to other parts of her body.

Ms Fernandez, 58, recently began her second term as president after a landslide election victory.

Her husband - former President Nestor Kirchner - died last year after suffering a heart attack.

Ms Fernandez will step aside as president for 20 days until 24 January, with Vice-President Amado Boudou taking over.