Myanmar to release political prisoners before power transfer

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 10:26 PM

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's outgoing administration of President Thein Sein will free about 15 political prisoners on Friday, and may release scores more, an official from the President's Office and activists from Assistance Association for Political Prisoners told Reuters.

The release comes days before Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is due to form the government following its landslide victory in the Nov.8 election and an appeal by the United States to release political prisoners.

(Reporting by Hnin Yadana Zaw; Editing by Kim Coghill)