What To know About The Coup In Myanmar (Burma)

What To know About The Coup In Myanmar (Burma)

• Military has seized power in Myanmar, an Asian country, detaining the country leader Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi with other members of her party

• With this latest action, civilian rule in Myanmar lasted barely a decade with the recent transition to democracy from military rule

• Tensions have been rising for days over the results of a November 2020 election that Ms. Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide

• The Myanmar military is backing the opposition party which called last year's November election a “fraud"

• The Army openly backed the opposition party in the November 2020 general elections

• Myanmar’s Election Commission has come out to deny the “voter-list fraud” claims

• Parliament was scheduled to convene on Monday(today) for its first session since the election

• The military has declared a one-year state of emergency rule as “necessary to restore order and stability”

• Power has been transferred to army chief, Min Aung Hlaing. The military had earlier contested the electoral process, alleging false names on voter lists

• United States promises to take action against the coup leaders if the action is not reversed immediately

• Detained president Ms. Suu Kyi, the daughter of a Myanmar independence hero, spent years under house arrest during military rule, winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy

• US and other foreign governments only recently lifted longstanding sanctions against the country after the military loosened its grip on power

• Still, the military has remained powerful. The constitution grants it control of the defense and interior ministries. Soldiers are also guaranteed a quarter of the seats in the parliament, enough to veto constitutional changes

• Ms. Suu Kyi’s party came to power in the 2015 vote that marked a historic shift. Her official title is state counselor, but she effectively served as leader of the Southeast Asian nation

• Myanmar and Ms. Suu Kyi’s administration were rocked by major challenges in her first term. The leader, once celebrated as a human-rights icon, faced widespread international criticism for her handling of genocide allegations against Myanmar after a brutal military operation in 2017 forced 700,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority out of the country

• Monday’s events throw into political turmoil a country whose move away from military rule, albeit slow and rocky, was seen as a win for democracy

• Telephone and internet lines were cut off Monday in large parts of the country.

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