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Myanmar’s military stages coup d’etat



Monday, 1 February 2021 - 11:58

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Myanmar’s Armed Forces has declared a one-year state of emergency following the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, President Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party and handed over power to General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

In the wake of recent tensions in Myanmar’s second parliamentary election since the 2011 coup, the Myanmar military has arrested Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, President Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, and declared a state of emergency in Myanmar for a year. The military has also transferred political power to General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces.

The military said the arrests were in response to election fraud and has appealed to the Supreme Court. Myanmar’s military said a free and fair election would be held and it would hand power to the winning party.

The US State Department and the UN Secretary-General have opposed the Myanmar military and called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained Myanmar officials.

Since the end of the Myanmar military coup in 2011, the Myanmar Army has been given one-fourth of the seats in parliament and three ministries under the constitution.


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