Oct 27, 2010

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies

President Nestor Kirchner and Economy Minister...

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Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner — the country's most powerful politician along with his wife, current leader Cristina Fernandez — died suddenly Wednesday after suffering a heart attack, the presidency said.
Kirchner, 60, died after he was rushed in grave condition to the Formenti de Calafate hospital while having a severe heart attack, the presidency said.
"It was a sudden death," his personal doctor, Luis Buonomo, told reporters in El Calafate, where Kirchner and his wife had gone to rest and await their turn to be counted in the nation's census. Buonomo said an official medical report would be released later in the day.
He was accompanied at all times by his wife, the presidency said.
Kirchner, 60, had undergone an angioplasty after a heart attack in September, but was still a likely candidate in next year's presidential elections. He also served as secretary general of the South American alliance known as Unasur, as a congressman and as leader of the Peronist party.
The news shocked Argentines, who by law were staying at home Wednesday to be counted. Kirchner's supporters planned a mass gathering for Wednesday night outside the Casa Rosada, Argentina's presidential palace. Already, dozens of Argentines showed up in the Plaza de Mayo before the palace, standing silently in mourning.


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