Yudhoyono Falls Ill During Trip
INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was forced to cut short an official trip on Thursday, March 12, 2009, after coming down with a stomach ache, his spokesman said.
The ex-general was forced to rest on doctors’ orders after complaining of gastric pain as he was about to attend the inauguration of a commercial project in South Sulawesi province, spokesman Andi Mallarangeng told Metro TV.
He had been due to travel to provincial capital Makassar after the ceremony, but postponed the trip. “A doctor advised him to take a rest until his condition gets better before continuing his trip to Makassar,” he said.
He dismissed rumours the 59-year-old president had suffered a mild stroke and stressed the man known simply as ‘SBY’ remained in robust health ahead of general elections next month and presidential polls in July.
“It is not true… This is the only time in four years that he has fallen sick in the middle of an official visit,” Mr Mallarangeng said.
“The president is only a human being and it’s normal… As soon as the doctors say it’s OK he’ll go there (Makassar) by road.” Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie, who is travelling with Yudhoyono, said the president had cancelled a planned Friday visit to Kalimantan island and would instead return to Jakarta, news website Detikcom reported. (straitstimes.com/afp)