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Myanmar army pledges new elections, power transfer following coup

  • Published at 01:24 pm February 1st, 2021
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File Photo: Soldiers stand guard at a Myanmar's military checkpoint on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 1, 2021 Reuters

Army declares one-year state of emergency

Myanmar's army said on Monday it will hold fresh elections and hand power to the winning party once a year-long state of emergency has elapsed, hours after carrying out a coup.

"We will perform real multi-party democracy... with complete balance and fairness," a statement on the army's official Facebook page said.

The military claims last year's election, which saw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy win in a landslide, was riddled with massive voter fraud.

Unable to accept the result, the army staged a coup early on Monday.

The statement was issued hours after the army took power, detaining de facto leader Suu Kyi, declaring a state of emergency and appointing ex-general Myint Swe as acting president.


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It said that power will be transferred to the winning party after "holding a free and fair general election and the emergency provisions period is complete."

According to Myanmar's constitution -- scripted by the army -- a nationwide state of emergency can be declared for up to a year. 

But given the coup and the army's near-total control of the country, that timeframe is within their power to change.   

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