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Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi resumes campaign after illness

 Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her speech during her election campaign in Mandalay, central Myanmar, Saturday, March. 3, 20...
 Supporters cheer Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her election campaign rally in Sagaing, central Myanmar, Sunday, March 4, 2012....

APTOPIX Myanmar Suu Kyi

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her speech during her election campaign in Mandalay, central Myanmar, Saturday, March. 3, 20...

Myanmar Suu Kyi

Supporters cheer Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her election campaign rally in Sagaing, central Myanmar, Sunday, March 4, 2012....

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, resumed campaigning in the central city of Sagaing Sunday, a day after falling ill and cutting short a speech to a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Members of her entourage said Suu Kyi, who is canvassing votes for elections scheduled for April 1, had suffered from motion sickness on the flight to Mandalay from Yangon, the country’s main city. She had vomited twice, they said, and was put on a drip Saturday evening.

“I would like to tell you frankly that I’m feeling weak today and my speaking capacity is reduced,” Suu Kyi, 66, told the crowd of tens of thousands of supporters at the rally on Saturday.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate arrived at Mandalay airport early Saturday and spent more than four hours in a motorcade that crawled through streets lined with supporters.

“Please don’t push one another,” she said. “As I am feeling a bit dizzy, it looks like a huge wave from the stage when the people are pushing at one another. If you love me, don’t make me dizzy.”

Myanmar is moving away from decades of military rule under the leadership of President Thein Sein, who took office a year ago. Suu Kyi has devoted much of her life to a struggle against authoritarian rule. After two decades under house arrest, Suu Kyi announced last November that she would join the elections.


Updated : 2021-05-06 12:56 GMT+08:00