YANGON: Myanmar President Htin Kyaw signed a pardon for 83 prisoners on the country’s New Year day, his office said in a statement Sunday though it was not immediately clear if the amnesty included political prisoners.
Htin Kyaw was tapped earlier this year to become the country’s first civilian leader in decades by Aung San Suu Kyi, the veteran democracy activist who still controls the administration but is barred from the presidency by a junta era charter.
Her National League for Democracy (NLD) which is packed full of former political prisoners jailed for their activism under military rule ended nearly half a century of army domination when they took power in a historic transition in March.
The 83 prisoners will be freed by amnesty…on the first day of Myanmar’s New Year, read the president’s statement which was posted on Facebook Sunday morning.
The pardon was intended to make people feel happy and peaceful and [promote] national reconciliation during the New Year, it added.
Suu Kyi who spent some 15 years under house arrest pledged in a statement earlier this month to make releasing prisoners of conscience a priority of her administration.
Courtesy : TheNews