Concerns mount over potential military coup in Myanmar

Fears are mounting over a potential coup d’etat in Myanmar amid a deepening political crisis that followed the country’s general elections in November 2020, which were won by a landslide by the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

The still powerful army has said it would take action if complaints about the election were not addressed, alleging that the polls were fraudulent.

A spokesperson for the military earlier this week declined to rule out the possibility of a military coup, while army chief Min Aung Hlaing floated the idea of revoking the constitution, several news outlets reported.

Among the military’s complaints are accusations of 8.6 million instances of voter fraud in the country of nearly 55 million people and more than one million allegedly duplicate votes.

The United Nations (UN) and Western governments voiced alarm on January 29 over a possible coup, urging the military to respect the election results.

“We oppose any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition,” the joint statement from several diplomatic missions noted.

Talks with the military “not successful”

State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has not made any public comment on the dispute. A spokesman for her party said that party members had met military leaders for talks but said they were “not successful.”

The upcoming crisis follows a rocky first five-year term in which the civilian government repeatedly clashed with the military for more power in a country that for nearly five decades was under junta rule before introducing political reforms in 2010.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged “all actors to desist from any form of incitement or provocation, demonstrate leadership and adhere to democratic norms,” in a statement released on January 28.



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Fears are mounting over a potential coup d’etat in Myanmar amid a deepening political crisis that followed the country’s general elections in November 2020, which were won by a landslide by the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The still powerful army has said it would take action if complaints about the election were not addressed, alleging that the polls were fraudulent. A spokesperson for the military earlier this week declined to rule out the possibility of a military coup, while army chief Min Aung Hlaing floated the idea of revoking the constitution, several news outlets...

Fears are mounting over a potential coup d’etat in Myanmar amid a deepening political crisis that followed the country’s general elections in November 2020, which were won by a landslide by the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

The still powerful army has said it would take action if complaints about the election were not addressed, alleging that the polls were fraudulent.

A spokesperson for the military earlier this week declined to rule out the possibility of a military coup, while army chief Min Aung Hlaing floated the idea of revoking the constitution, several news outlets reported.

Among the military’s complaints are accusations of 8.6 million instances of voter fraud in the country of nearly 55 million people and more than one million allegedly duplicate votes.

The United Nations (UN) and Western governments voiced alarm on January 29 over a possible coup, urging the military to respect the election results.

“We oppose any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition,” the joint statement from several diplomatic missions noted.

Talks with the military “not successful”

State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has not made any public comment on the dispute. A spokesman for her party said that party members had met military leaders for talks but said they were “not successful.”

The upcoming crisis follows a rocky first five-year term in which the civilian government repeatedly clashed with the military for more power in a country that for nearly five decades was under junta rule before introducing political reforms in 2010.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged “all actors to desist from any form of incitement or provocation, demonstrate leadership and adhere to democratic norms,” in a statement released on January 28.



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