Prisoners reunite with family outside Insein Prison to mark Myanmar’s new year amnesty on April 17 [File: Ann Wang/Reuters]

Myanmar has announced a second pardon for nearly 7,000 prisoners nationwide in the wake of the Burmese New Year.

President Win Myint signed the pardon for the release of 6,948 inmates across the country, bringing the total number of prisoners recently released to 16,499 since the nation’s new year which started on April 17, his office said in a statement on Friday.

Under the first presidential pardon, some 9,551 prisoners, including only two political prisoners, were released to mark the beginning of the new year.

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Further releases would be made, according to the statement which is void of details.

However, two Reuters

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