TDN World Desk: Abrupt turn in Myanmar’s power-politics as military has taken control of the country for one year through a coup and its civil leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi was arrested along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) on Monday morning raid.
According to Reuters, addressing on military-owned television, Myanmar’s armed forces said that it had detained key political leaders in response to “election fraud” and had declared a state of emergency in the country.
The military army handed power to Military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposed state of emergency for one year.
Soldiers were deployed at city hall in Yangon. Internet services and communications were also cut off.
Reportedly US President Joe Biden had been briefed over the development, the Reuters quotes White House spokeswoman as saying.
“The United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.