BREAKING NEWS Argentine Ex-President Nestor Kirshner Dies
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Argentine Ex-President, UNASUR general secretary and the husband of the current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Nestor Kirchner, died this morning at 9:50am Argentina time in the city of Calafate due to a heart attack.
President Cristina Kirshner and her husband, traveled earlier this week to their summer home in Calafate, to take a break after Mrs. Kirshner complained of chest pains.
Mr. Kirshner, had been pestered by ill health and had undergone two major operations in 2010 alone.
This February the 60 year old ex-president had surgery to remove a blockage in his carotid artery, which carries blood from the heart to the brain. September saw him come back to the surgical table, when routine tests revealed a blocked coronary artery and he was given an emergency angioplasty after complaining of numbness in his legs.
Kirchner who was considered President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s closest adviser and a major power broker in her government, had been expected to run again for president in next year’s election switching office with his wife. The couple was regarded by many as the Bill and Hillary Clinton of Latin America.
Born in Rio Gallegos, Kirchner started his political career by becoming the mayor of Rio Gallegos in 1987 to 1991. In 1991 he became the Governor of Santa Cruz for the next 12 years. He then ran for President. Kirchner will be remembered as a great leader, who took the reigns of an economically battered country, and sorted things things out significantly.