Myanmar Leader, President Arrested Amid Assumed ‘Military Coup’

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Earlier, it was reported that tensions had escalated in Myanmar between the government and the military, sparking fears of a possible coup, as the army reportedly believes that the nation’s recent election was fraudulent.

On Sunday, after initial reports on social media, Reuters reported, citing Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, that the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, president Win Myint, and senior party figures had been detained on Monday in the early morning, local time.

He said that he also expected to be detained. Citing the unfolding situation, the spokesman told AFP that “we have to assume that the military is staging a coup”.

According to the BBC, there are soldiers on the streets of Myanmar’s capital city, Naypyitaw, and the main city, Yangon. Reuters also reported, citing witnesses, that military officers were deployed outside the Yangon city hall.

The country’s state TV and radio, Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV), said in its Facebook page that it has not been able to broadcast regularly due to “communication problems.”

BBC also reported that telephone and internet connection are cut in Naypyitaw.

Myanmar’s regional chief ministers were also taken away after soldiers visited their homes, BBC said, citing family members of the ministers.

An alleged photo made in the country as the political figures were detained was shared online.

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