Myanmar junta to begin conscription drive in April: spokesperson

The regime has sought to play down the impact of its decision to start forcibly recruiting new troops

Myanmar’s military regime will begin conscripting new troops soon after the end of the country’s traditional New Year’s celebrations in April, the junta’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the BBC’s Burmese-language service, Zaw Min Tun said that recently announced plans to start enforcing the country’s more than decade-old conscription law would be implemented in the coming months.

“We are gearing up to kickstart recruitment after the end of the Thingyan holidays in April,” he told the BBC, referring to the annual water festival held to mark the Burmese New Year, which this year will be held from April 13 to 16.

Under the conscription law, which was enacted by a previous regime in 2010, all men aged 18 to 35. . .

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