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Myanmar lifts 4-year curfew in state after communal violence

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Naypyitaw   /   Tue, March 29, 2016   /  07:20 pm
Myanmar lifts 4-year curfew in state after communal violence An armed police officer guards stands with Muslim refugees at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Myanmar, on Oct. 27, 2012. (AP/Khin Maung Win) (AP/Khin Maung Win)

An armed police officer guards stands with Muslim refugees at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Myanmar, on Oct. 27, 2012. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

Myanmar's outgoing government has lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of Rakhine, where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead, mostly Muslims.

State media reported President Thein Sein lifted the nighttime curfew on Monday on the recommendation of the state government, which felt it was no longer necessary.

The curfew was imposed in June 2012 after widespread violence in the state, which displaced more than 100,000 people, mostly Rohingya, in addition to the loss of life.

The lifting of the curfew is one of the last decisions of President Thein Sein, who will hand over power on Wednesday to a new government of Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

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