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“Cristina K” Looks Like A Lock To Win Argentina’s Election. Then What?

Analysis: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is heavily favored to win a second term in this Sunday’s presidential election in Argentina. But even though she’ll have a mandate to govern from the left, the recently-widowed president could end up shifting to th

Fernández de Kirchner on the campaign trail
Fernández de Kirchner on the campaign trail
Rodrigo Lara Serrano

"Cristina doesn't have to thank anyone else for the votes she's going to get." Ricardo Rouvier says this with the matter-of-fact tone of a zoologist discussing the population numbers of a particular species.

What the well-known pollster means is that in Argentina, people can no longer say that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will be reelected just because she's lucky; or because of her marriage to Néstor Kirchner, a former president who died of a heart attack last year; or because she's now a widow and people feel sorry for her. No, the 50% of the votes she earned in the recent primary come from her own political base, one she's built up since 2008 from practically nothing.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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