Suu Kyi suspends campaign to rest

(Mizzima) – An exhausted Aung San Suu Kyi has suspended her election campaign to rest, with only one week prior to the Burmese April 1 election.

Suu Kyi speaks on her fifth visit to Kawhmu Township, the heavily dominated Karen constituency on the outskirts of Rangoon. Photo: MizzimaSuu Kyi speaks on her fifth visit to Kawhmu Township, the heavily dominated Karen constituency on the outskirts of Rangoon. Photo: Mizzima

A spokesman said on Saturday she was suffering from low blood pressure and had vomited due to exhaustion.

The intensity of a boat ride on Saturday, and long drives in searing, tropical heat while campaigning across the country to attend election rallies had taken a toll on the 66-year-old old Nobel laureate, said the spokesman.

Kyi Toe, the NLD deputy information officer, said Suu Kyi’s personal doctor, Tin Myo Win, said her ill health was due to exhaustion and the hot weather, and she had been given an intravenous drip to replenish her fluids.

NLD spokesperson Nyan Win said later, “She was sick, but her health condition has improved now. She still feels a bit tired.”

Her doctor said she might resume campaigning by Wednesday, if her health improved. She was scheduled to speak in central Burma, and one of her venues was in Natmauk, the hometown of her father, General Aung San, who was martyred shortly after independence. It is unclear if she will be able to make a scheduled stay on Sunday in Kawhmu, the low-income constituency where she is running on the outskirts of Rangoon.

On Sunday, Suu Kyi, campaigning in, Mergui, in the southernmost Burmese archipelago, was forced to take a slow boat to reach her destination after the government denied her campaign a faster vessel, one of many obstacles it has thrown up during her campaign during the past month. NLD officials have come close to declaring that the government’s actions are premeditated and intentional, preventing a free and fair election. Some observers describe the NLD’s campaign problems to a lack of democratic commitment on the part of low-level, rural government officials. High-ranking government officials have said they are committed to holding a free and fair election. Continue reading “Suu Kyi suspends campaign to rest”