The Myanmar army announced at dawn today its control of the reins of power, and took over the administration of the country for a year hours after the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Sochi, the country’s President Wayne Myint and other senior officials in response to what it said was fraud in the elections that took place last November. For its part, the United States vowed to take action against the leaders of the coup if they did not back down from it. The Security Council is expected to meet next Thursday to discuss the situation in this country.
In a statement via a television station owned by it, the army said that power had been transferred to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, General Min Aung Hliang, and he had declared a state of emergency throughout the country for a year. State TV also announced through its Facebook account that the broadcast could not continue due to “technical malfunctions”.
The army also said, “This step is necessary to preserve the stability of the country,” accusing the electoral commission of not addressing the “massive irregularities” that occurred in the legislative elections, and talking about the existence of 10 million cases of fraud in the elections that took place on November 8, and demanded an investigation into the matter, calling on Election Commission to uncover the voting regulations for verification.
On the other hand, last Thursday, the Commission denied the allegations of fraud, and confirmed that the poll was “free, fair and credible,” but acknowledged the existence of a “gap” in the voter lists.
The coup comes after days of escalating tension between the civilian government led by San Sochi and the army, which raised fears of a military takeover of power in the wake of last November’s elections, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) party won an overwhelming majority.
The Supreme Commander of the Myanmar army takes over the administration of the country for a year (Reuters)
The director of the Al-Jazeera office in Kuala Lumpur, Samer Allawi, said that the military coup in Myanmar was not surprising, as recent weeks have issued indications of the army’s intention to seize power in response to what it said was the rigging of the last elections, and that it wanted to correct the situation in the country.
The “Union of Solidarity for Development” had previously challenged the integrity of the elections in which the San Sochi Party had won, and it asked the army to intervene, and it is close to the military establishment.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office added that the internal reactions to the coup are not clear until now, except that the ruling party expects the arrest of all its leaders, after the arrest of the chancellor and the head of state.
A spokesman for the San Sochi party called on the people “not to respond recklessly and act according to the law,” while Reuters reported disrupted internet networks and phone services in the capital, Naypyidaw and Yangon, the country’s largest city and its former capital.
In response to the coup, the US White House issued a statement saying that Washington was following up on reports about the Myanmar military taking “steps to undermine the democratic process” in the country, including the arrest of the state counselor and other civilian officials.
The army arrested the San Sochi state adviser and the president to carry out his coup (Reuters)
The White House stated that the United States opposes any attempt to change the results of the recent elections, or impede the process of transformation in Myanmar, and that it will take action against officials unless these steps are canceled, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the Myanmar military must backtrack on the measures it has taken. Immediately, release the detainees.
Australia also called on the Myanmar army to release San Sochi and other political leaders, accusing the army of “seeking once again to control” the country. “We call on the military to respect the rule of law, resolve disputes through legal mechanisms, and immediately release all leaders,” Foreign Minister Maryse Payne said in a statement. Civilians and others unlawfully detained. “
For his part, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, strongly condemned the arrest of the Myanmar army, the state advisor and other political leaders. The French Press Agency quoted diplomats as saying that the Security Council is planning to hold a meeting on Myanmar next Thursday, and a diplomat added to the agency that the date of the council meeting may be brought forward in light of developments Last.
The UN Secretary-General added that with “the announcement of the transfer of all legislative, executive and judicial powers to the army,” “these developments constitute a strong blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar.”
It is noteworthy that the Myanmar army ruled the country from its independence in 1948 until 2011, when elections were held that resulted in an unstable emerging democracy, and the army’s power continued within the wheels of power, including its possession of 25% of the parliament.