Htin Kyaw is a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose NLD party swept to power in last year's election. Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi is barred from the office of president. Instead she'll hold four ministerial posts, including the foreign ministry.
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.
Bob Geldof has returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin as a protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the honor. The Irish singer labeled Suu Kyi a "handmaiden to genocide."
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