Argentine president ends long public silence
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Argentina's
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is speaking in public for first time since Dec. 10.
Her 42-day silence had been feeding speculation in Argentina about her health in the wake of the head surgery she underwent in October. Some opponents have questioned who is running the country.
Fernandez was long known for nearly daily speeches and constant tweets. But she was silenced for six weeks last year when she had surgery on Oct. 8 to remove a blood clot. She returned to work on Nov. 18.
Argentina is grappling with double-digit inflation, lower economic growth and dwindling foreign reserves needed to meet foreign debt payments and finance economic stimulus programs.