Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- In Myanmar, the coup leadership freed 23,000 people as part of the Thingyan year, which is traditionally celebrated as the New Year.
General Min Aung Hlaing, the chief of staff who took over the country after a military coup in Myanmar, pardoned a total of 23,047 people, including 137 foreigners who would be deported from the country in the coming days, the government said in a statement.
Some inmates who have not been released have had their sentences reduced.
No information was given on whether the country's former de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and other government members, who were detained on February 1, were among those to be released.
As part of the amnesty, 800 prisoners held at Yangon's Insein Prison, including anti-coup activists, were also released.