Myanmar's parliament is on its way to choosing a new president, four months after the first free elections ended more than 50 years of military rule. Three candidates have been nominated. Myanmar’s president will take office at the end of March.
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw has announced his surprise resignation following reports of ill health. He is a close ally of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from the presidency.
Myanmar's parliament has elected an ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as president. Htin Kyaw abruptly resigned as president last week.
Those released included the elderly, people in ill health and drug offenders. Two Reuters journalists facing 14 years in prison for possessing secret official documents were not included in the amnesty.
Human Rights Watch slams Myanmar's continued destruction of villages, calls repatriation deal a PR stunt. Separately, two journalists are facing 14 years in prison for violating the country's Official Secrets Act.
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