US promises to ‘take action’ if not coup
Burma is reeling from a military coup on the day the new parliamentary session was scheduled to begin, with many international communities declaring to grab power as a threat to tense progress made in the last 10 years.
Burma’s military arrested the democratically elected state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials, who announced on military-owned Myawadi TV that the army would assume control for a year.
Spokeswoman Mayo Niant told Reuters over the phone that Suu Chi, President Vin Myint and other leaders had been “taken” in the early hours of the morning.
Military and supporters of the leading opposition party, Union Solidarity and Development Party, held small rallies on Monday to oust Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party.
The trucks carried people and loudspeakers through the country’s largest city of Yangon, showing many national or Buddhist flags.
Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials attended, party spokesman said
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “grave concern” about the declaration, stating that all powers had been transferred to the military.
“These developments are a serious setback for democratic reforms in Myanmar,” a statement by UN chief spokesman Stephen Dujarik said.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said the US is “panicked” by Burma’s reports. President Biden is briefed on the situation revealed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
He said, “We reaffirm our strong support for Burma’s democratic institutions and together with our regional allies follow the democratic norms and rule of law from the military and all other parties and release those detained today Urges. ” Sasaki said the US would “take action against those responsibilities” if the steps “are not reversed.”
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Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the country “opposes all types of coup and military intervention.” It also expressed concern that the coup could raise the status of minority Rohingya Muslims.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I condemn the coup and illegal imprisonment in Myanmar including Aung San Suu Kyi. People’s vote should be respected and civilian leaders released.”
China took a more tacit response, saying it hoped “all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences and maintain political and social stability under the constitutional and legal framework”.
Tensions escalate in the days following the coup, during which several observers accused the military of planning to subdue the military forces. The military cried over voter fraud after losing elections last year.
General Min Aung Hling on Wednesday reportedly told senior officials that if the law was not being implemented properly, the country’s constitution could be repealed – a constitution that was enacted more than a decade ago.
The Constitution also provided the means by which the military was able to gain power: Article 417 allows the military to assume power in times of emergency.
The military called for a delay in the November 8 election citing a safety concern of the coronovirus epidemic.
The ruling National League for Democracy Party won 396 of the 476 seats available in the November election, with the military-backed USDP securing only 33 seats.
This is a developing story.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.