UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on #Myanmar today.
Myanmar’s military has taken control after staging a coup and detaining the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It has announced it is purging the government, and has removed ministers.
The military also detained President Win Myint and other executives of the ruling party.
It declared a one-year state of emergency and said that commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing will govern the country.
The takeover came on Monday morning, when the country’s new parliamentary session was scheduled to begin. But the military announced that it would postpone the session in order to investigate what it claims to be fraud in last November’s general election.
The military said in a statement that a free and fair election will be held and it will hand power to the winning party. But it gave no timeframe for the election.
The military also announced replacements for a number of ministers, including those in charge of defense and finance.
The military’s seizing of power has drawn criticism from within and outside Myanmar.
In Yangon, college students held a protest to show support for the governing National League for Democracy. A similar rally also took place in neighboring Thailand, with a large number of people from Myanmar participating.
In the US, President Joe Biden issued a statement, threatening to re-impose sanctions on the country’s military leaders.
He said the coup was “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.”
Biden said, “the international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained.”
He noted that the US removed sanctions on Myanmar over the past decade based on progress toward democracy.
He said, “the reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action