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Thein Sein ill, resting at home

(Mizzima) – Burma’s President Thein Sein is feeling ill and was resting at his home in Rangoon on Friday. An adviser said his condition was “nothing to worry about,” the Associated Press reported.

Burmese President Thein Sein  Photo: president's websiteThein Sein, 67, is leading the reform movement in Burma. He reportedly has a heart condition and traveled to Singapore earlier this year for a pacemaker.

Presidential adviser Ko Ko Hlaing told the AP: “The president's health condition is not critical and there is nothing to worry about.” He said he could be suffering from exhaustion due to a heavy workload.  

Thein Sein has been hailed as a sincere reformer of the Burmese government, and has recently made a wave of significant democratic reforms, winning international praise while moving from military rule to a fledgling democracy. He has spearheaded reforms that have surprised even his staunchest critics.

Meanwhile, the government has not yet addressed the several-week absence of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo, who family members say resigned in early May for health reasons.

The 61-year-old had served as the No. 5-ranking official in the former junta who was in charge of the military's economic arm. His views were believed to be at odds with the liberal approach of Thein Sein.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2012 16:11 )  

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