Two decades on, Suu Kyi finally collects Rome citizenship

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, speaks as Rome mayor Ignazio Marino looks at her during a ceremony in which she received the honorary citizenship in Rome on Oct 27, 2013. Ms Suu Kyi collecte
Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, speaks as Rome mayor Ignazio Marino looks at her during a ceremony in which she received the honorary citizenship in Rome on Oct 27, 2013. Ms Suu Kyi collected her honorary citizenship of Rome on Sunday, 19 years after being offered the honour. -- PHOTO: AP

ROME (REUTERS) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally collected her honorary citizenship of Rome on Sunday, 19 years after being offered the honour.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 68, spent most of two decades under house arrest after a military government ignored the results of a 1990 election won by her party.

"Nineteen years have passed since the giving of Roman citizenship to Aung San Suu Kyi. Today, finally we award it to a free woman," mayor Ignazio Marino wrote on Twitter.

The citizenship recognises "her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights," Mr Marino's office said.

The daughter of independence figure Aung San, Ms Suu Kyi was elected to parliament last year as Myanmar opened up after years of authoritarian rule and international isolation.