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Argentina's President Fernandez returns to public eye after latest illness sidelines her

  • Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez greets the public after she arrives at the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez greets the public after she arrives at the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, talks next to Argentina's Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, during the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, talks next to Argentina's Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, during the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez arrives at the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez arrives at the Argentine Chamber of Construction annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Fernandez appeared for the first time in public after more than 20 days, after recovering of a bacterial infection. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

Argentina's president has made her first public appearance since being hospitalized more than three weeks ago for a bacterial infection of the colon.

President Cristina Fernandez entered a Buenos Aires hospital Nov. 2 and has continued her recovery at the presidential palace since being discharged a week later.

Fernandez spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Argentine construction chamber.

Doctors say she suffered an inflammation of the sigmoid colon. It is the latest in a string of health issues for the 61-year-old leader, who has accumulated more than a month of convalescence this year for such conditions as sore throat, hip pain and a sprained ankle. Last year, surgeons removed a blood clot from her skull. In 2012, her thyroid gland was removed after an erroneous cancer diagnosis.