After a treatment for dehydration and low blood pressure, Myanmar’s detained opposition leader‘s health has improved, said officials from her political party. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
She is responding well to treatment, though she required further medical checks, said Nyan Win, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party Aung San Suu Kyi leads.
He said a doctor had been allowed to examine the 63-year-old Nobel laureate earlier at her Yangon home, where she has spent most of the last 19 years under house arrest.
Nyan Win said Pyone Moe Ei, the assistant doctor, needed time to find out the exact cause of the leg muscle cramps the opposition leader has been suffering from.
But Aung San Suu Kyi needs a full check-up by her personal doctor, added Nyan Win. The doctor was detained last week by police for questioning in relation to an intrusion of her off-limits compound by a US citizen.
‘Roadmap to democracy’
On Monday, Myanmar’s military rulers were urged by Ian Kelly, a US state department spokesman, to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with her lawyer who lost an appeal against her latest detention order.
Her lastest detention expires at the end of the month, and authorities have not said yet if they will extend it.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s confinement is illegal under the country’s law, said UN legal experts. Myanmar’s law allows for a detention of five consecutive years before the accused must be freed or put on trial.
The military has ruled the former Burma for more than four decades and in 1990 they rejected the NLD’s election victory. It is unlikely they would release her any time soon, say analysts.
The generals have vowed to press ahead with a seven-step “roadmap to democracy”, which is expected to culminate in multi-party elections in 2010.
The “roadmap” has been dismissed by the NLD and Western governments. They also condemned last year’s army-drafted constitution as a cover for the generals to cement their grip on power.