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Myanmar junta ‘scraps army head age restrict’

The military junta that has ruled Myanmar since a coup in February has scrapped the age limit of 65 for the army chief and his deputy, according to media reports.

This would allow junta chief Min Aung Hlaing to remain in office, news portal The Irrawaddy reported on Thursday.

He turns 65 in July.

Generals in the country staged a coup on February 1, ousting the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Since then, Myanmar has been plunged into chaos and violence.

There are repeated protests against the junta while the army has brutally suppressed any resistance.

According to estimates by the prisoners’ aid organisation AAPP, more than 800 people have been killed since the coup and more than 5000 have been arrested.

Protests against the coup and the military continued on Thursday.

There was more fighting between junta soldiers and armed anti-coup forces in Chin State in the west of the country on Thursday, according to witnesses.

At least 12 people have been killed there in the past few days, witnesses said.

Several days ago, almost 8000 inhabitants of the embattled town of Mindat fled the violence into nearby forests and are now threatened with starvation.

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