Aung San Suu Kyi returns to Burma after tour


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The Independent Online

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has completed her first trip out of Burma in 24 years.

The democracy champion's tour of Thailand has highlighted her new freedom to explore the world - and to return back home.

Aides from Ms Suu Kyi's opposition party greeted her at Rangoon on Sunday following her six-day trip to the neighbouring country.

Ms Suu Kyi, who has spent a combined total of 15 years of the last two decades under house arrest, had previously refused to leave the country during brief periods of freedom for fear she would not be allowed to return.

Her trip was viewed as proof of her confidence in Burma's new civilian government, whose political reforms contrast starkly with that of the former military junta.

In mid-June, Ms Suu Kyi will undertake a five-country tour of Europe.