Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to Resume Campaign March 31 After Illness

Myanmar dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi will resume her campaign for a parliamentary seat a day before April 1 by-elections after falling ill in a southern coastal region, a spokesman for her party said.

Suu Kyi’s condition “is not very serious,” Han Tha Myint, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy political party, said by phone from Yangon. “This morning she got up and started to walk a little bit.”

The former political prisoner felt ill and vomited as she met supporters in the Mergui Archipelago, a group of islands near the border with Thailand, he said. Suu Kyi, 66, has canceled other trips throughout the country until March 31, when she plans to go to her constituency, he said.

The U.S. and Europe are closely watching the vote to determine whether to lift sanctions in place on the former military dictatorship for the past two decades. Myanmar President Thein Sein has started a dialogue with Suu Kyi, released hundreds of political prisoners and eased media restrictions since taking power a year ago.

Myanmar last week invited teams from 25 countries and the European Union to monitor the special elections for 48 seats vacated in the 664-member parliament by lawmakers who took Cabinet posts or other executive positions in Thein Sein’s government. Suu Kyi’s party boycotted a 2010 election that ended more than five decades of army rule.

Suu Kyi is running in Kaw Hmu constituency south of Yangon. She was greeted by thousands of people on a Feb. 11 visit to the area, according to her party’s website.

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