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Singapore PM taken ill during live televised speech

AFP
Published Aug 21, 2016, 7:56 pm IST
Updated Aug 21, 2016, 9:30 pm IST
As the medical team assessed that Lee Hsien Loong’s condition was not serious, he decided to complete his speech after resting.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. (Photo: AFP)
 Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. (Photo: AFP)

Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong, the Singaporean Prime Minister, was taken ill while delivering a speech on Sunday, shocking a live television audience, but aides said his condition was not serious.

The 64-year-old leader, the son of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, stopped speaking and was helped off the rostrum while delivering an annual National Day policy speech.

 

"Prime Minister Lee took ill while speaking at the National Day Rally. The medical team is attending to him right now. They assess that his condition is not serious," his office said in a statement.

Lee has been in power since 2004.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Lee planned to complete his speech after resting, the Straits Times reported.

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