Myanmar Military Has Detained Aung San Suu Kyi And Taken The Country Under Control For One Year




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On Monday, the military of Myanmar has staged a coup and detained Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader, and has declared that they have taken control of the country for a single year and the country is in a state of emergency.

The intervention by the military came after a few weeks when tensions started to rise between the military that had ruled the country for almost five decades and also the civilian government because of the allegations of fraud in the elections in November.

Last week, the military has signaled that it is going to seize the power as they are trying to settle the claims resulting from the irregularities in the polls which were easily won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) party of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint, the President have been detained in the capital Naypyidaw and this happened before dawn on Monday as told by MyoNyunt, the National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesperson to media outlets. This has been addressed just a few hours before the Parliament was set to resume for the very first time since the elections.

He further added that they have heard that they have been taken by the military and the situation that is happening now is quite grave and dark. He also added that they have to assume the fact that the military is going to stage a coup.

After this, the declaration came from the military and it came through their television channel where they announced that they are going to take control of the country for one-year and it will be under a stage of emergency.

The former capital of the country, Yangon, remains to be the commercial hub as the city hall has been seized by the troops according to journalists of prominent media outlets.

The Chief Minister of Karen State and also various other ministers of regional parties have also been held elsewhere and the news came according to various party sources. All of this happened on the same day when the new parliament was all set to hold its very first session.

A quick response was triggered by the developments from Australia and also the United States of America as both of them have called for the release of the National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders who have been detained and they have also urged for the restoration of democracy in the country.

The spokeswoman of White House, Jen Psaki has said in a statement that the United States is opposed to any attempt that can alter recent outcomes of the elections and impede the democratic transition of Myanmar and they are all set to take action against the people responsible for it unless the steps are not reversed.

Australia also urged the military to respect the rule of law in the country and restore peace.