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Myanmar’s military takes control, politicians arrested

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Myanmar’s military is taking control of the country and deposing the elected government after reportedly detaining de-facto leader and ‘State Counsellor’ Aung San Suu Kyi, along with other politicians early this morning.

The military-owned Myawaddy TV has announced a state of emergency had been declared for 1 year and power transferred to the Junta. A news presenter referred to a section in the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control during times of national emergency.

The coup comes after tensions rose between the civilian government and the military following a disputed election. The military said it was stepping in and handing power to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing because of “election fraud” and the failure to postpone the election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy won last November’s election in a landslide. Aung San Suu Kyi is considered a hero of democracy in Myanmar. She spent years under house arrest, still struggling for democracy. Her efforts won her the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Myanmar was ruled by the military for 5 decades until democratic reforms began in 2011. The coup came on the morning the new Parliament session was set to begin.

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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