Latest illness to keep Argentine president from country’s Independence Day celebrations

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will miss her country’s Independence Day celebrations this week to continue recovering from an acute throat infection.

The Presidential Medical Unit said Sunday the 61-year-old leader will perform her duties from the presidential residence through Wednesday, when she was scheduled to preside over events marking Argentina’s 198 years of independence.

Fernandez’s withdrawal from public coincides with the start Monday of negotiations in New York to resolve Argentina’s dispute with U.S. bondholders over $1.5 billion in debts.

The illness is the latest health issue to sideline Fernandez. In January, she was treated for hip pain and sciatica. Last fall, she underwent head surgery to remove a blood clot. A 40-day period between December and January when Fernandez went silent from public comments sparked concern over her condition.

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