Aung San Suu Kyi meets doctor amid health worries

Aung San Suu Kyi meets doctor amid health worries

Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for several hours with her physician Sunday amid worries for her health after her party said she was not accepting food.

But Tin Myo Win, who spent four and a half hours at the lakeside home where the Nobel peace laureate has been confined for most of the last 19 years, refused to give details on her health after his visit.

“I can’t say anything right now,” he told reporters in front of his Yangon home, adding Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer would speak to reporters about her condition in the near future.

The detained leader’s last medical check-up by the doctor was in mid-August, before her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said September 5 that she had refused most of her food rations for the last three weeks.

Concerns over Aung San Suu Kyi have grown after she refused to meet with visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari and the junta’s liaison officer.

The regime says she is not staging a hunger strike, and the NLD has stopped short of using the term.

But the party has said that she is refusing food supplies “to denounce her continuing detention, which is unfair under the law.”

The 63-year-old has no other source of food aside from the daily supplies provided by the military regime.

Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 election but the junta never allowed it to take office. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962.


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