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Suu Kyi vows to press for release of political prisoners, activists

Published Thu, Apr 7, 2016 · 09:50 PM

Yangon

MYANMAR's Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday vowed to press for the release of political prisoners and student activists, hinting that a mass amnesty may be imminent as her government seeks to stamp its mark on power in the former junta-run nation.

Ms Suu Kyi's administration, stacked full of democracy activists who spent years incarcerated by the military, took power last week, ending nearly half a century of repressive army domination.

In her first statement since assuming a new, broadly-defined role as state counsellor, Ms Suu Kyi said: "I am going to try... for the immediate release of political prisoners, politic…

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