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Former Argentine chief Nestor Kirchner undergoes surgery

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner underwent successful surgery Sunday after showing symptoms of carotid artery disease, two Cabinet ministers said.

"The news is good; the operation is over," Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana said as he entered the Los Arcos hospital in Buenos Aires' Palermo district.

The surgery took about an hour.

"Everything's OK ... we now know that he's come out OK, and we've come to accompany the family," Labor Minister Carlos Tomada said.