Myanmar military takes control of country after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar military takes control of country after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi, seen here at a coronavirus vaccination clinic in January, is Myanmar's de facto leader. Source: REUTERS
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Daily US Times: Myanmar’s military has taken control of the country after defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders were arrested in the early hours.

Hours after the arrests, military TV confirmed a state of emergency had been declared for one year.

The coup comes after tensions rose between the military and civilian government following a disputed election.

Myanmar was ruled by the military until democratic reforms began in 2011.

On Monday, the military said it was handing power to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. Soldiers are on the streets of the capital Nay Pyi Taw and the main city, Yangon.

In November’s election, National League for Democracy (NLD) won enough seats to form a government, but the army says the vote was fraudulent. Aung San Suu Kyi is the elader of the NLD.

BBC reported that the coup appears to be a clear violation of the constitution drafted by the military more than a decade ago, and which it promised to honour only on Saturday.

Detaining top political leaders is a provocative and very risky move, one which may well be strongly opposed. White House already condemned the coup and asked for immediate release of detained leader.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, called for the release of all government officials and civil society leaders and said the US “stands with the people of Burma in their aspirations for democracy, freedom, peace, and development. The military must reverse these actions immediately.”

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said “we call on the military to respect the rule of law, to resolve disputes through lawful mechanisms and to release immediately all civilian leaders and other who have been detained unlawfully.”

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