Myanmar has pardoned and released 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, the government says.

The amnesties, which the information ministry says the president issued “on humanitarian grounds”, come ahead of general elections in November.

It is not clear if Burmese political prisoners were among those freed.

More than 150 Chinese loggers, whose detention had angered Beijing, were among those released, Chinese state media said.
It is the latest in a series of amnesties brought about by the government in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

President Thein Sein, who won power in 2010 in elections which saw military rule replaced with a military-backed civilian government, has pledged to release all political prisoners.