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Myanmar Prez Thein Sein unwell

world Updated: May 19, 2012 00:08 IST

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein was resting at his home in Yangon on Friday after military doctors paid a house call but an adviser said his condition was “nothing to worry about.”

It was not immediately clear what was ailing the 67-year-old leader, but he could be suffering from exhaustion due to a heavy workload, presidential adviser Ko Ko Hlaing told AP.

“The president’s health condition is not critical and there is nothing to worry about,” he said, declining to elaborate. The health of a leader is a sensitive topic in Myanmar and is typically not officially discussed.

Thein Sein has a heart condition and reportedly traveled to Singapore earlier this year for a new pacemaker.

Since taking office in March 2011, Thein Sein has won international praise for overseeing Myanmar’s transition from military rule to fledgling democracy. He has spearheaded a wave of reforms that have surprised even his staunchest critics.

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