Pains force Argentine president to cut short work schedule Macri may have a hematoma after rib fracture

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AA) – President Mauricio Macri suspended his work schedule Friday after complaining of pains.

The 56-year old leader will rest throughout the weekend, a spokesman at the Office of the President said on condition of anonymity, and declined to give details about why Macri stopped work early.

Macri fractured a rib last Friday while playing with his four-year-old daughter, Antonia.

Argentine newswire DyN reported that doctors told him to go on bed rest for 24 hours to recover from the fracture, citing unnamed sources close to the president.

Doctors are concerned about a possible hematoma – a swelling of clotted blood within the tissues, DyN reported.

Macri has been wearing a girdle and undergoing treatment for the fracture and doctors told him Thursday that he could resume normal work following a checkup that day.

Macri worked early Friday from the Presidential Palace but he called off meetings, including those with diplomats, executives and officials to prepare for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Macri has said he will attend the Jan. 20-23 meeting to drum up foreign investment.

The press officer said he did not have information about whether health problems could affect the president’s participation at the meeting.

Macri, who assumed the presidency last month after 12 years of populist-left rule, has been taking steps to pull the economy out of a four-year stagnation.

He has lifted currency controls, scrapped some export taxes and set targets to cut 25 percent inflation to as low as 3.5 percent by 2019.

During a press conference last week, Macri said he wants to create “predictable” conditions to attract investment that will create jobs and spur economic growth.

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