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Aung San Suu Kyi Returns to Myanmar after Historic Thailand Visit



Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her visit to Thailand was "very satisfactory" (AFP, Soe Than Win)


CHIANGRAI TIMES – Aung San Suu Kyi has returned to her homeland after testing the boundaries of the country’s political reform with her first foreign trip in over two decades.

Suu Kyi said her visit to Thailand was “very satisfactory” as she strode through Yangon airport flanked by local journalists and photographers after being on Sunday readmitted to Myanmar.

The democracy champion had previously refused to leave the country, even to visit her dying husband, because of fears the former junta would never allow her to return.

Her six-day Thai visit, the first time she had ventured abroad since she was thrust into the spotlight during protests against the generals in 1988, comes amid sweeping reforms by a new regime in Myanmar that include her election to parliament in April by-elections.

The Nobel laureate charmed global business leaders in Bangkok and draw large crowds on visits to Myanmar communities in Thailand during a packed schedule in the kingdom.

After her Thai trip, Suu Kyi will next leave Yangon for Europe, where she will deliver an address in Geneva and head to Oslo to finally accept her Nobel Prize.

She also intends to travel to Britain, where she lived for years with her family, and will address parliament in London.

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