Unrest and Military Coup in Myanmar

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Background of Myanmar Coup

In November, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won the seats needed to form a government. However, the Myanmar government claims that the election was fraudulent.

The military recently threatened to “take action” over the alleged election fraud. However, the Union Election Commission denied claims that the election was fraudulent last week. As recently as last week, a military spokesperson did not rule out the possibility of a coup.

Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing told senior officers on Wednesday that the constitution could be revoked.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled up until 2011 by the military. Since then, there have been only two elections.

The recently elected house of parliament was scheduled to meet for the first time yesterday (Monday, Feb. 1st).

Telephone and internet lines in Naypyitaw, the capital city, have been cut, according to BBC Burmese Service reports. In addition, state media channels report having technical issues and are unable to broadcast.

Members of the military visited homes of chief ministers in several areas and took them away, according to family members.

According to a spokesman for the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested in an early-morning raid by the military. Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other high-ranking government leaders have been “taken” and are being held in custody. According to the military, the arrests were necessary because the government had not acted on the military‚Äôs claims of fraud in the November elections.

Military-run television announced that Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing would rule the country for one year.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Myanmar’s governing National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Between the years 1989 and 2010, Suu Kyi spent around 15 years in detention for being “likely to undermine the community peace and stability” of the country” (Burmese Government).

In 1991, while under house arrest, Suu Kyi was given the Nobel Peace Prize. In November 2015, she and the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first openly contested election in the past 25 years.


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