Myanmar in Turmoil: Current Leadership Detained, Army Declares State of Emergency, Seizes Control

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the governing National League for Democracy were arrested in an early morning raid on Monday in the capital, Naypyitaw, according to party spokesman Myo Nyunt, reported AFP.

An announcement on military-owned Myawaddy TV said the military had declared a state of emergency and was taking over control of the country for one year.

​The declaration, signed by First Vice President U Myint Swe, who will now be serving as Myanmar’s acting president, stated that power is being handed over to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing. In the former capital Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial hub, troops reportedly seized city hall just ahead of the announcement.

The developments came on the day when Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene, with new members sworn in following November elections.

Allegations of a Rigged Election

Tensions had been escalating since January, when the spectre of a military coup was first raised in Myanmar after claims of widespread voter fraud during the country’s second general election since the end of military rule in 2011 started circulating.

At the ballot-casting on 8 November, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by 75-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner, won 83 percent of the available seats. The party claimed 396 out of 476 seats in the combined lower and upper houses of Parliament.

However, the country’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, has…

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