Myanmar’s Suu Kyi announces political prisoner release plan

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has announced that her government plans to release all political prisoners as soon as possible, making the declaration her first act in her newly created job as state counsellor.

The declaration, posted Thursday on the Facebook page of the office of President Htin Kyaw, declared the release a priority. There are about 100 political prisoners left over from the military-backed government that was recently replaced by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.

Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in last November’s election, ending a half-century of army-backed rule. She is by agreement of her party the de facto head of government, though the constitution does not allow her to be president because her two sons have British citizenship.

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