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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar military exempts women from draft for now

More men to be conscripted as total target remains unchanged

Myanmar military government spokesman Zaw Min Tun said on Feb. 20 that there are no plans "at present" to include women in the draft.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar's military government said it will exempt women for the time being from mandatory conscription set to begin in late April, in what may be a response to public outcry over the move.

"At present, there are no intentions to include women in the conscript pool," regime spokesman Zaw Min Tun said Tuesday.

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