Suu Kyi returns from triumphant European tour

June 29, 2012 - 11:43 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has returned home after a triumphant tour of Europe, where she won enthusiastic support for her role in Myanmar's democratic transition and was celebrated like a head of state.

Cheering crowds packed into Yangon's airport Saturday and lined the roads outside hoping to see Suu Kyi.

During her two-week trip, Suu Kyi met with political leaders in Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, England and France.

The trip's highlights included Suu Kyi's long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, which she won while under house arrest in Myanmar.

The former military regime kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 of 23 years. She was freed in 2010, after the military ceded power to a nominally civilian government.