Myanmar’s military takes control of the country after detaining de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians in the early hours of Monday.
A state of emergency has been declared for one year by the military following days of escalating tension over the result of November’s parliamentary elections.
As being reported, Aung San Suu Ky, the country’s de facto leader, President Win Myint, and other senior members of the National League for Democracy party have been detained in the capital, Naypyidaw.
According to a video broadcast on military-owned television, power was handed to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, citing “huge irregularities” in November’s vote.
An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV cited a section of the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency.
The broadcast said that the reason for the takeover was in part due to the government’s failure to act on the military’s claims of voter fraud in last November’s election and its failure to postpone the election because of the coronavirus crisis.
While Myanmar’s National League for Democracy party says that Suu Kyi urges people ‘not to accept coup’.