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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 - 12:55
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi gets passport
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Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been given a passport for the first time in 24 years.

Suu Kyi has spent much of the past two decades under house arrest in Burma as a political prisoner.

But following recent reforms she and other members of her party, the National League for Democracy, have won seats in parliament.

She plans to go to Norway in June to accept the Nobel Peace Prize which she won in 1991.

She also intends to travel to Britain where she lived for many years with her late husband and sons.

Suu Kyi's decision to travel is being seen as a sign of her confidence in the government of President Thein Sein, who brought in reforms after he came to power last year.

She has also accepted an invitation to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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