Myanmar military chief says takeover inevitable

Myanmar’s military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told members of the newly formed cabinet that the forcible transfer of power on February 1 was unavoidable after the previous government repeatedly avoided answering issues related to election irregularities.

He said the military carefully considered the effects of its actions and tried to take them in line with the country’s laws. He said the declaration of a state of emergency was necessary “to maintain and protect the dignity of the country and the people” before handing over the government to the next duly elected officials.

Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing said that the Tatmadaw was working for the stabilization of the country. He vowed to find out the truth behind the military’s allegations of irregularities in the voter’s list and will do so in cooperation with a soon-to-be-appointed Union Election Commission.

He said the military had carefully checked the voter’s list and its findings would be reviewed according to the law by a third party. Among the leaders of the ousted ruling party, the National League for Democracy, who had been arrested were President U Win Myint, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 14 chief ministers of regions and states, the chair of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, and the chair of the Peace Commission.

A total of 105 people had been detained according to a list made by the NLD’s members, but according to a former candidate in Mandalay Region all the newly elected MPs detained in Nay Pyi Taw was released late on Tuesday, February 2. – Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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