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Argentina's former president Nestor Kirchner buried

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Argentina’s former president Nestor Kirchner has been buried in his home town of Rio Gallegos.

Kirchner’s wife, current president Cristina Fernandez, was there to escort the coffin to its final resting place. She was joined by several south American leaders, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The people of Rio Gallegos, near the Chilean border where Nestor Kirchner began his political career as mayor, turned out in force to pay their final respects.

The former head of state, who ran Argentina from 2003 until 2007 is widely credited for helping the country recover from a crippling economic crisis.

Kirchner, who has been laid to rest in his family’s small tomb in the town, died of an unexpected heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60.