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Prominent political prisoner freed in Myanmar, many remain

  • Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, left poses for a pictures with his wife and prominent Human Rights activist May Sabe Phyu, right outside insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, left poses for a pictures with his wife and prominent Human Rights activist May Sabe Phyu, right outside insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, left, smiles after posing for a picture with his wife and prominent Human Rights activist May Sabe Phyu, right, outside insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1, 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, left, smiles after posing for a picture with his wife and prominent Human Rights activist May Sabe Phyu, right, outside insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1, 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, right speaks to journalists outside insein prison as prison guards, center, watch in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1, 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Ethnic Kachin activist Patrick Kum Ja Lee, right speaks to journalists outside insein prison as prison guards, center, watch in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 1, 2016. Patrick Kum Ja Lee, accused of sharing a post poking fun at Myanmar's army chief on Facebook, was released on Friday after he spent six month’s imprisonment. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

A prominent political prisoner has been released after finishing his six-month jail sentence, coincidentally on the day that Myanmar's new, democratically-elected government began working.

Patrick Kum Ja Lee's release Friday serves as a reminder that President Htin Kyaw's government will soon have to confront the military to secure the freedom of scores of other political prisoners still in jail.

They were jailed by the former junta, and many of them are supporters of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the force behind the new government.

Patrick said he has seen many political activists "imprisoned by the oppressive laws of the previous government."

He said he wanted the new government to release all political prisoners.