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Cancer op for Argentina's president

Supporters of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez waited anxiously outside her Buenos Aries hospital yesterday for word on the results of a surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid gland.

Ms Fernandez (58) was found to have papillary thyroid carcinoma shortly after beginning her second term as leader.

Pre-op tests suggested it had not spread beyond her thyroid, so the condition should be curable, doctors said.

Ms Fernandez handed the reins of power to vice-President Amado Boudou and he will remain in charge while she takes medical leave.

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