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Myanmar's New De Facto Leader Suu Kyi Has Cataract Surgery

Myanmar's new de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, arrives at a hospital for her eye operation in Naypyitaw, April 9, 2016.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's new de facto leader, has undergone an eye operation for cataracts.

The state-controlled Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Sunday cited sources in Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy party as saying the successful operation was performed at a special hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw.

Cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye, is usually associated with aging, and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Suu Kyi is 70.

The newspaper said the operation was performed Saturday, allowing her recuperation to take place over the extended traditional New Year holiday this week. It said she will return for an operation on her other eye in mid-April, a standard practice.