Released political prisoners shout for the release of other political prisoners in front of Insein prison in Yangon January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Myanmar began releasing the first of about 100 prisoners Friday, government officials said, days before a parliament dominated by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's party sits for the first time after an election victory in November.The freeing of prisoners by the outgoing administration of President Thein Sein comes after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Myanmar to free all political prisoners during a visit Monday.Blackwood, the highest-profile foreign political prisoner held in Myanmar, has also been held at Insein. It was unclear if two Myanmar citizens jailed along with Blackwood would be released.In December, there were 129 political prisoners incarcerated in Myanmar and 408 activists were awaiting trial for political actions, according to AAPP's website.
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