Myanmar’s military has taken a control over the country for a year by announcing an emergency after detaining the de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and has declared a military coup in the country.
The development came after two weeks long tensions between the civilian government over the allegations of fraud in November’s polls and the Myanman military.
The military claims that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party easily won the polls because of the irregularities, for which the military had alerted also that it could seize power to settle those irregularities.
President Win Myint was also detained along with Suu Kyi before the dawn on Monday in the capital Nayphyidaw. The parliament was about to resume for the first time after the elections today.
“We heard they were taken by the military… With the situation we see happening now, we have to assume that the military is staging a coup,” said NLD spokesperson Myo Nyunt.
According to the sources military has seized the city mall in Yangon and many regional minister including chief minister of Karen state were held just before the parliament was to hold its first session post the polls.
Just after the detainment of the NLD leaders both US and Austraia called for the release of the detained leaders and restoration from the emergency.
“The United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed,” Jen Psaki White House spokeswoman said in a statement.
Whereas Australia said that the military is “once again seeking to seize control” of the country.
“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 others who have been detained unlawfully,” said Marise Payne the Foreign Minister of Australia.
Just a couple of hours later the detainments all possible communication channel were shut down and many cellular networks were down in Myanmar which resulted in internet blockages with phone number being unreachable.
The November polls in Myanmar were the second democratic elections in the country after releasing from the military rule in 2011.
The country has seen two previous coups since independence from Britain in 1948, one in 1962 and one in 1988.
Suu Kyi was Nobel peace prize and a former democracy icon and that is she remains a very popular figure.
Suu Kyi’s image started tattering since her improper handling of Rohingya Muslim crises.
Kyi has also spent 20 years off and on under house arrest for being an opposition leader earlier when she was released in 20190 by the military.