Myanmar military declares one-year state of emergency


One-year state of emergency has been declared by Myanmar’s military on February 1, 2021. A general has been appointed as acting President. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with other senior officials has been arrested. 
According to the military, it will hold free and fair general elections after the emergency is lifted. They said that the emergency had to be declared to preserve the stability of the state. They also accused that the country’s election commission has failed to address irregularities in the election which were conducted in November last year. It is also alleged that the stability of the state is being harmed by other party organizations. 
Military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing has been given the responsibility of legislation, executive and judiciary. Emergency was declared after Aung San Suu Kyi with other senior officials were detained in an early morning raid. 
Tension was escalating between the civilian government and the military, as the army said that the November elections were fraudulent. According to the Myanmar army, the detentions were made in response to election fraud. Ms Suu Kyi had called people to protest against the military coup.
Internet and phone services were disrupted in the early hours of the morning and internet connectivity is still very slow. All banks in the country have been temporarily shut. 
Ms Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She was in house arrest for decades in a struggle for democracy. 
Last week political tensions rose when a military spokesman declined to rule out a coup ahead of the new Parliament convening. Myanmar’s military assured that it will act according to the law. Allegations of fraud in elections have been denied by Myanmar’s election commission. The US with other nations is urging the military to not move forward on its coup threats. 


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