After almost a week of ballot counting, the election results are now official. The party of democratic reformer Aung San Suu Kyi has won an absolute majority in Myanmar's parliament. That means it can elect the country's new head of state.
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.
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.
Since 2013, Islamist assailants wielding machetes and knives have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh. The targeted attacks on liberal bloggers, freethinkers and atheists have created a climate of repression.
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