Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pulls out of first election trip over coronavirus

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pulls out of first election trip over coronavirus
Suu Kyi, who rules as state counselor, was set to tour the constituency where she is seeking re-election in the commercial capital of Yangon on Tuesday. (AFP)
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Updated 07 September 2020

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pulls out of first election trip over coronavirus

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pulls out of first election trip over coronavirus
  • Southeast Asian nation reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Sunday
  • Suu Kyi, who rules as state counselor, was set to tour constituency where she is seeking re-election

YANGON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi pulled out of the first event of her election campaign on Monday, citing a worsening outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
The Southeast Asian nation reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest daily increase since detecting its first infection in March, followed by 45 more on Monday.
Suu Kyi, who rules as state counselor, was set to tour the constituency where she is seeking re-election in the commercial capital of Yangon on Tuesday, the first official day of campaigning ahead of polls set for Nov. 8.
But she said in a live broadcast on Facebook that the health minister had advised her to cancel the trip.
“At the moment the ministry of health is the most powerful. We must follow the instructions of the ministry,” she said.
A spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy did not answer phone calls seeking further comment.
Myanmar had gone weeks without a local coronavirus transmission until mid-August, when authorities reported an outbreak in the western state of Rakhine.
Since then, the number of cases has more than doubled to 1,464 infections and eight deaths.
Last week, a member of the staff at Suu Kyi’s lakeside home in Yangon tested positive for the virus. She said on Monday she felt bad to hear about the infection.
Doctors say they fear a major outbreak in a country with a health system weakened after decades of neglect under the former ruling military junta.


French troops kill over 20 extremists in Burkina Faso

French troops kill over 20 extremists in Burkina Faso
Updated 21 January 2021

French troops kill over 20 extremists in Burkina Faso

French troops kill over 20 extremists in Burkina Faso

PARIS: More than 20 militants have been killed by French troops this month in Burkina Faso near the border with troubled Mali, the French military said Thursday.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is struggling with a ruthless insurgency by armed Islamists who swept in from neighbouring Mali in 2015.
Almost 1,100 people have died and more than a million people have fled their homes.
French Tigre helicopters on Saturday "neutralised" a "suspicious convoy of 30 motorcycles" on Burkinabe territory near the Mali town of Boulikessi in which some 10 extremists were killed, said Colonel Frederic Barbry, spokesman for the French defence staff.
The same day, a French drone struck a four-wheel drive vehicle heading for Mali, he said.
On Sunday, French helicopters fired on a convoy of 40 motorbikes "allowing us to stop the convoy and neutralise more than 10 armed terrorists and destroy about 10 motorbikes," Barbry added.
France has deployed troops in the region to fight extremists.