Myanmar Army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing has said that the civilian government was making “unacceptable mistakes” in the run-up to a pivotal general election on Sunday, the second democratic vote since the end of strict military rule. Min Aung Hlaing told a local news outlet that the military was the “guardian” of the country and was watching preparations closely.
The Myanmar President Office hit back at the army chief for his remarks. President Office spokesman Zaw Htay said that the remarks were based on “uncertain words” of others. “It is not helpful to having a free and fair election but will encourage unrest and concerns,” Zaw Htay told a news conference.