Myanmar PM gets medical treatment in Singapore

Myanmar Prime Minister General Soe Win flew back to Singapore for medical treatment on Sunday, 10 days after a brief return to his country, witnesses said.
Myanmar's military leader General Than Shwe and other senior army generals saw Soe Win off at the Yangon airport where he left on a commercial flight, they said.
Soe Win, 58, earlier spent more than two months in a Singapore hospital receiving treatment for illnesses that may include leukemia.
The Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based journal that covers Myanmar, reported in March that Soe Win may be suffering from leukemia.
The Myanmar government has not given any information on his illness. He has been missing from the state-controlled Myanmar media since February.
Soe Win was appointed prime minister in October 2004 after his predecessor and powerful military intelligence chief, Khin Nyunt, was purged in connection with alleged corruption scandals.
An official at the Myanmar embassy in Singapore said in March Soe Win was treated at the Singapore General Hospital but he was not critically ill.
The official declined to give details of his condition but said a team of doctors looked after him, including a couple of specialists who had flown in from Yangon.
The United States has accused Soe Win, Than Shwe's trusted deputy, of direct involvement in the May 2003 attack by pro-government youths on Myanmar's democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her supporters. The attack, near Mandalay, led to her detention.
Myanmar leaders have turned to Singapore for medical treatments since Western nations imposed a visa ban on them a few years ago.
Than Shwe also went to the same Singapore hospital for treatment late last year.

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