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Soroche Macri Cartes Moreno

Two regional Presidents came down with altitude sickness, also known as ‘soroche’, at the inauguration of Lenin Moreno as President of Ecuador yesterday in Quito (appox 3,000 metres above sea level, just under 10,000 feet in old money). Both Horacio Cartes of Paraguay and Mauricio Macri of Argentina felt sick, went back to their hotels once the official swearing-in was done and dusted and left Quito early (no lunch for you). Both are reported in good health today in their respective countries (pretty typical that lowlanders recover quickly once down from altitude) but as Macri has been in ill health on a couple of occasions in the last two or three years (he suffers from irregular heartbeat) there’s still concern about him among supporters and his health is making the front pages again the Argentina this morning.

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