Myanmar announces State of Emergency for 1 year

Myanmar on February 1 announced a state of emergency for up to one year via the military-owned news channel Myawaddy News.

Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing is now in power of the State for the duration of the state of emergency, while Vice President U Myint Swe will now serve temporarily as President.

Earlier this morning, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other National League for Democracy (NLD) officials across the country were detained by the military, ahead of the first parliamentary sessions scheduled to take place later in the day, according to U Myo Nyunt, spokesperson for the NLD, which won the 2020 elections on November 8.

The Tatmadaw said it announced the state of emergency after repeated calls for the government and Union Election Commission (UEC) to clarify around 10 million voting irregularities went unaddressed, leading to protests and riots across the country. A request to suspend parliament was also ignored.

The Tatmadaw said it is acting in accordance with the 2008 Constitution, under which section 417 states that “if there is sufficient reason for the disintegration of the Union or national solidarity or that may cause the loss of sovereignty due to acts or attempts to take over the sovereignty of the Union by insurgency, violence and wrongful forcible means, the President may, after co-ordinating with the National Defence and Security Council, declare a state of emergency.”

Section 418 of the Constitution further states that the President shall declare the transferring of legislative, executive and judicial powers of the Union to the Commander-in- Chief of the Defence Services to enable him to carry out necessary measures to restore the Union. All legislative functions of parliament will be suspended and dissolved automatically from the day of declaration of the state of emergency.

In Myanmar, access to TV channels, phone lines and internet services have been cut.


Source: Myanmar Times


[It was announced that a free and fair election will be organized by the military at the end of the 1 year.]


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