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article imageNobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi receives citizenship of Rome

By Anne Sewell     Oct 29, 2013 in World
Rome - On a trip to Italy for an audience with Pope Francis, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally became an honorary citizen of Rome on Sunday, 19 years after being awarded the honor.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, received the honorary citizenship of Rome in 1994, but was unable to collect it as she spent most of the last two decades under house arrest in Myanmar.
The champion of democracy and her National League for Democracy party were forced out of politics by the military regime that governed until 2011. Last year she and several dozen party members won parliamentary seats.
Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino said on his Twitter account on Sunday:
"19 years have passed since the conferment of honorary citizenship to Aung San Suu Syi. Finally today we can award it to a free woman."
Suu Kyi said at the ceremony at Rome's town hall, that she had not done anything special, and said that she had merely made "choices" in her life and "not sacrifices".
Suu Kyi fondly recalled a visit to Rome, 40 years earlier, while a student of Oxford - she remembered enjoying the city, along with its gelato.
Monday saw a meeting between both Suu Kyi with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and President Giorgio Napolitano. Then it was on to an audience with the Pope, before heading to Bologna to accept yet another honorary citizenship.
According to the Vatican press office, there was “a great feeling of harmony” between the Pope and “this symbolic figure of the Asian world”.
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