Myanmar’s new president pledges to free political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s new president has pledged to continue efforts to release remaining political prisoners and try to avoid making such arrests.

President Htin Kyaw took over as head of Myanmar’s first freely elected government after more than 50 years of often brutal military domination or control.

In its first official act at the end of March, the new government freed more than 100 political detainees awaiting trial just before the new year holiday. It isn’t clear exactly how many still remain.

He made the comments in a nationally televised address Sunday to mark the start of the Buddhist new year.