Argentina leader ordered to rest for 48 hours

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Posted: Oct 17, 2014 6:48 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Doctors told Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Friday to rest for 48 hours in order to recover from a sore throat.

Argentina's presidency said in a statement that the 61-year-old leader is suffering from pharyngitis and had to suspend a public event scheduled for later in the day in order to get some rest.

It's the latest health issue to sideline Fernandez.

In January, she was treated for hip pain and sciatica, and in July she missed Independence Day celebrations to continue recovering from an acute throat infection. Last year, she underwent head surgery to remove a blood clot. A 40-day period between December and January when Fernandez went silent from public comments caused concern over her condition.

Fernandez was last seen in public Thursday night after the launching of Argentina's first domestically built communications satellite.