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Myanmar lifts state of emergency in conflict-hit Muslim majority Rakhine state
Wednesday March 30, 2016 10:43 PM, IINA

Myanmar's outgoing government has announced the lifting of a state of emergency in an underdeveloped and troubled region housing a majority of the country's Rohingya Muslims, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Since 2012, Rakhine State has been hit by a series of sectarian disputes that have left around 100 people dead and over 100,000 displaced, mostly Rohingyas.

State media reported Tuesday that the curfew in Rakhine had been lifted after three years, citing an announcement by the office of outgoing President Thein Sein.

“State of emergency was lifted [Monday] across Rakhine State as no threats to the lives and property of the people were found, according to a report by the Rakhine State government,” the report said.

The announcement comes days before the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy takes office.

In 2012, a series of sectarian disputes in Rakhine – many of which suspected to be state sponsored – left 57 Muslims and 31 Buddhists dead, around 100,000 people displaced and more than 2,500 houses burned, most of which belonged to Rohingya.

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