Aung San Suu Kyi Resumes European Tour after Brief Illness

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attended a session of the Swiss parliament, after a brief illness forced her to cancel a Swiss state dinner on Thursday evening.

The democracy icon excused herself from a news conference on Thursday, saying she was exhausted and disoriented by the long flight and time change. The rights group Amnesty International greeted her at the parliament building in Bern on Friday, where she listened to a debate.

Later in the day, she will leave for Oslo, where she will make a long-delayed acceptance speech on Saturday for the Nobel peace prize that was awarded to her in 1990.

Later in her 17-day tour of Europe, Aung San Suu Kyi will address Britain's parliament and receive an Amnesty International human rights award in Dublin from rock star Bono. She will also travel to France.

Political changes have swept Burma since last year, after half a century of military rule ended. A new nominally-civilian government took over in March of last year, after being elected in November of 2010 and Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat this year in April elections.

Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting Europe for the first time in 24 years. She spent more than 14 years in various forms of detention in her country before she was released in late 2010.