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Argentina's President thanks peers for support

12-29-2011 15:56 BJT

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Doctors say Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has a good chance of a full recovery as she prepares for surgery for thyroid cancer. Argentine and Latin American peers have been expressing their support. Kirchner has thanked them for their support in her first public appearance since she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

Gratitude pours out - Since Argentine president Cristina Fernandez was diagnosed with cancer, many of her colleagues at home and broad have voiced their support.

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gives a thumbs-up after being
sworn-in in Buenos Aires in this handout taken on December 10, 2011 .Cristina
Fernandez will be operated on for thyroid cancer in January, a government spokesman
said on December 27, 2011.

Cristina Fernandez said, "First of all, I want to say thanks for the showing of solidarity and affection from all Argentines and also from my Presidential friends. You can imagine who was the first to call me last night. I finished work at ten and he was already calling me. And so I answered the phone at the residency and it was Hugo Chavez, the first president to call me."

She said she is going to continue working with the greatest commitment. Her appearance came a day after her spokesman announced that she would have surgery next week. Besides Chavez, who has himself waged a successful battle against the disease, the presidents of Brazil, Paraguay and Chile have also called. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, who has recovered from lymphatic cancer, wished Kirchner good luck.

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks during a
ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, December
28, 2011. President Fernandez de Kirchner will be operated on for thyroid
cancer in January, a government spokesman said on December 27, 2011.

Meanwhile Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says he finds it ’very, very strange’ how so many allied presidents in the region have been hit by cancer.

Hugo Chavez said, "It’s very difficult to explain - by the law of probability for example - what has been happening to some of us in Latin America. At least, it is strange, very strange. I do not want to launch any accusation. That would be rash."

Kirchner, Argentina’s first elected female president, was found to have thyroid cancer during a routine medical examination on December 22, two months after being reelected after a resounding victory.

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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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