Military Seizes Power in Myanmar
OREANDA-NEWS. A military coup occurred In Myanmar. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Administration, State Adviser Aung San Suu Kyi, who is considered the national leader and de facto leader of the country, and Win Myint the President of Myanmar, were detained. This was announced on the night of Monday, February 1, by the official representative of the ruling party «National League for Democracy».
According to Reuters, Myanmar's state-run MRTV TV channel has stopped broadcasting «due to communication problems». There are also interruptions with Internet connection and telephone communication in the country. News agencies report, that dozens of soldiers are stationed in front of the city hall of the main city of Rangoon. Military trucks have also been pulled there.
A statement of the rebels was read on television, that a state of emergency was being imposed in Myanmar for a period of one year. Over the past few days, the political situation in the country has been very tense. Rumors of a possible military coup were spreading in the society due to the fact, that influential representatives of the armed forces stated, that they considered the parliamentary elections held in November 2020 to be rigged.
According to the official results of this election, Aung San Suu Kyi's «National League for Democracy» party won a landslide victory with more than 70 percent of the votes. Under Myanmar's Constitution, a quarter of the seats in both houses of parliament are reserved for the military, who are appointed by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.