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Aung San Suu Kyi to travel outside Myanmar for first time in decades


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Aung San Suu Kyi to travel outside Myanmar for first time in decades

Pro democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Britain and Norway in June marking the first time she’s left her native Myanmar in 24 years.

The Nobel Peace laureate has, until now, refused to travel overseas for fears that the former military junta would forbid her to return.

Suu Kyi spent more than 15 of her 22 year detention as a political prisoner under house arrest.

The 66-year-old is due to visit Norway – where she is yet to receive the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1991 – and the UK, after a personal invitation from British Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited Myanmar last week.

The pro-democracy icon’s reputation emerged out of a mass uprising in the 1980s. She was elected to Myanmar’s parliament earlier this month following a transition to civilian rule over the last 18 months.

Suu Kyi lived in the UK for several years raising two children with her late husband. He died of cancer in 1999 without her seeing him on his deathbed.

She’s also missed much of her children’s youth as they were forbidden from visiting Myanmar during military rule.

Her trip is expected to include a return visit to the British city of Oxford, where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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