Ex-Myanmar President says army tried to force him to resign hours before coup

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Vin Myint’s testimony – his first public remarks since his overthrow – challenges the military’s insistence that there was no coup, and that power was legally transferred to the generals by an acting president.
Win Myint, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and de facto government leader before the coup, was testifying with Aung San Suu Kyi, on charges including provocation in her trial on Tuesday stemming from letters bearing her name that were sent to embassies. and urged them not to recognize them. junta

Myanmar’s head of state Win Myint told the court in the capital, Naypyidaw, that senior military officials contacted him on February 1 asking him to resign due to ill health.

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“The president turned down his offer, saying he was in good health,” defense lawyer Khin Maung Jae said in an English-language text message sent to reporters, citing his testimony. “The officials warned him that the refusal would cause him great harm but the president told him he would rather die than consent.”

A spokesman for Myanmar’s ruling military council did not respond to a call seeking comment on Tuesday.

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Khin Maung Jae said the defense dismissed the charges against Win Myint and Suu Kyi because they were being kept incommunicado.

Win Myint and Suu Kyi have both denied several of the allegations against them as false. Defense lawyers representing both said Suu Kyi had suggested making Tuesday’s testimony public.

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Myanmar has been torn by violence and economic paralysis since military intervention to prevent Suu Kyi from forming a new government, three months after her party was re-elected in a landslide.

The generals said the election was fraudulently done, posing a threat to the country’s sovereignty.

Myint Sway, a former army officer, was sworn in as president on February 1 and immediately handed over power to the military to oversee the state of emergency.

The junta has not publicly disclosed how Mint Sway assumed the presidency from Win Mint.

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