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Suu Kyi to receive Nobel prize despite illness

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Suu Kyi to receive Nobel prize despite illness


Aung San Suu Kyi has recovered from a bout of minor illness to continue her European tour with a visit to Norway to receive the Nobel peace prize.

Before leaving for Oslo, the Myanmar opposition leader attended a session of the Swiss parliament in Berne. She was taken ill on Thursday evening in Switzerland and was unable to attend a dinner in her honour.

It is her first visit to Europe in 24 years and Suu Kyi said she found the long plane extremely exhausting. However, it has not derailed plans for the most symbolic appearance of her trip – a ceremony to receive the peace award she won in 1991. For two decades Suu Kyi refused to leave her country in fear that its military rulers would prevent her from returning.

A gradual process of reform is underway in Myanmar and the Nobel laureate is now an elected member of parliament after spending 20 years under house arrest.

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