Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Senior General Than Shwe Rumoured to be Dying

Source: The Irrawaddy

Sources in Singapore told The Irrawaddy that Senior General Than Shwe, current junta head, had in January sought treatment for cancer, and kidney problems in a hospital in Singapore. They speculate that he will die within the next few years.

The same sources said that Than Shwe was advised to undergo surgery as the illnesses he was suffering from were potentially life-threatening. He, however refused, reportedly choosing to return to Rangoon to consult with astrologers, a decision that astounded his physicians.

According to other sources, Than Shwe also suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Than Shwe’s health has been steadily deteriorating in the past year, and much speculation has been going on about the possible candidates for his successor. Should he pass on while still in reign, changes in policy maybe possible, analysts say. In 1988, then supreme, General Nay Win, in a carefully planned move, handed power to trusted aides, ensuring a smooth transition (and leaving Burma in continued military rule).

In the past, General Nay Win, who ruled the country from 1962 to 1988, used to go to the UK for healthcare. However, Burma’s current leaders usually go to Singapore as sanctions prevent them from entering the US and countries in the EU.

For the original article in Burmese, please follow this link: http://www.irrawaddy.org/bur/news2007/December/dec_03b_07.html

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