No need to worry about coup, NLD says

There is no need for the people to worry about the Tatmadaw (military) staging a coup defeat as unilaterally taking power is against the law, said U Myo Nyunt, a member of the Nationa League for Democracy’s Central Executive Committee. U Myo Nyunt was responding to concerns that arose after a January 26 press conference in Nay Pyi Taw, during which Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson of the military’s True Newsagency, in responding to questions about a coup from the media, neither confirmed nor denied that the military will take power by force if voting fraud issues remain unsolved.

“The people do not need to worry about a coup. This subject arose only after journalists raised questions on the matter. It does not imply that the Tatmadaw will take power,” he said. U Myo Nyunt added that Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the government are working to address concerns over alleged voting fraud during the November 8 elections. He added that the Tatmadaw will follow the law.

“According to the Constitution and under existing laws, the Tatmadaw is not allowed to unilaterally assume power,” he said. At the press conference, Major General Zaw Min Tun had also stressed that the military would not deviate from the Constitution in seeking a resolution to the problem and that it would follow the law without violating the Constitution. Earlier this month, the military claimed there were many discrepancies in the voters’ list that could affect the integrity of the polls. However, the Union Election Commission (UEC) later said the voter’s list examined by the military was not the one used in the election.

The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party has refused to recognize the results of the elections, which it said had been tainted by voting fraud. U Myo Nyunt said “the UEC is a free and independent body and so they will themselves decide whether they should address the Tatmadaw’s accusations. In any case, the accusations are not strong enough and if it needs to present solid evidence to support its case, the UEC will do so.”

“I think the Tatmadaw would not object to matters carried out in accordance with the law as they have repeatedly claimed that they are responsible to protect the law. We want peace in the country and we also want Tatmadaw to be united with the people,” he said. – Translated

Source: Myanmar Times