The army promises new elections
The military in Myanmar has taken control of the country and declared a state of emergency for a year. The military, however, promises new elections. Head of government Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested and former General Myint Swe has been appointed acting president.
The armed forces, which ruled the country for decades, promise a "true multiparty democracy." They drew up a statement on Facebook that the upcoming election 'free and fair' will be. Government leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested during the coup.
Soldiers patrol the streets of cities in the country. In Naypidaw telephone traffic and the internet were cut off for a while.
'8,6 million cases of fraud'
Incidentally, there has been no violence (so far), according to reports.
The military seized power in the aftermath of the November elections.
Then the National League for Democracy (NLD) won the controversial Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. The military-affiliated USDP achieved a disappointing result, after which the military complained about fraud. (source)
The government declined to convene an extraordinary session on the charges.
Army spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun said on Tuesday that the elections had been "neither free nor fair". He claimed at least 8,6 million fraud cases had been registered, including thousands of centenarians and underage voters.
The army announced that it would intervene
The coup announcement came on Myawaddy TV on Monday after it was announced that Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other political leaders had been arrested by the military. The coup happened hours before a newly elected parliament was due to meet. The army says it has taken control of the country, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
In a letter that the NLD party (Party of Aung San Suu Kyi) has distributed via social media, Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the population to 'not accept' the coup.
“The actions of the army are turning the country back into a dictatorship”, said the statement. "I urge people not to accept this and to protest against the coup with all their hearts."
But that did not happen.
Despite the large majority in the NLD parliament, the army still controls three major ministries (Internal Affairs, Defense and Borders). A relic of the longstanding military junta that ruled the country for half a century until 2011.
Several human rights organizations have questioned the legitimacy of the November elections. In areas where ethnic parties had a good chance of winning, elections were called off for 'security reasons'.
Where is Myanmar located?
The country has 53,71 million (2018) inhabitants.
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