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Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner Dies


In this July 6, 2010 file photo, Argentina's former president and current Secretary General of UNASUR Nestor Kirchner arrives to the presidential palace in Santiago, Chile

In this July 6, 2010 file photo, Argentina's former president and current Secretary General of UNASUR Nestor Kirchner arrives to the presidential palace in Santiago, Chile

Former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, the husband of the nation's current president, Cristina Kirchner, has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Kirchner died Wednesday at a hospital in the southern city of El Calafate.

The former president had suffered heart problems in the past and had surgery just last month to treat a blocked artery.

Mr. Kirchner served as president of Argentina from 2003 to 2007, when his wife succeeded him. He was credited with leading the country out of a severe financial crisis while in office, and many expected him to run for president again in next year's elections.

Mr. Kirchner stayed active in politics after leaving office, serving in the Argentine congress and as leader of the country's Peronist party.

A lawyer by training, Mr. Kirchner was first elected to public office as mayor of the southern city of Rio Gallegos, his hometown. He later became governor of the province of Santa Cruz.

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