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Myanmar’s Coup: Military seizes power citing flawed election

The military in Myanmar has seized control over power, stating that, the just-ended election which was won by Aung San Suu Kyi with 83% was a flawed election.

The military has so far taken control of the country and detained Aung San Suu Kyi together with other democratically elected leaders of the ruling party.

This incident occurred on Monday following tensions between the government and the military who claim the November election was marred by malpractices.

According to a statement by the military, they will hold power for a period of one year under a state of emergency.

National and international TV channels have been shut off with the exception of military owned Myawaddy TV channel which they use to convene their messages. Also shut are the internet, banks, other means of communication etc.

San Suu Kyin has demanded that, that, the citizens should protest against the coup which she considered unfair. “The actions of the military are actions to put the country back under a dictatorship; I urge people not to accept this, to respond and wholeheartedly to protest against the coup by the military.” Suu Kyin reportedly said.

The United States has so far responded to the coup; a statement from the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken said: “The United States expresses grave concern and alarm regarding reports that the Burmese military has detained multiple civilian government leaders, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and civil society leaders.” He added that “The military must reverse these actions immediately.”

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