UN condemns the military coup and detention of elected leaders in Myanmar

The United Nations has expressed grave concerns at the developments in Myanmar where the military detained political leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and has taken control of power.  Volkan Bazir, the President of the United Nations General Assembly tweeted: “ I am deeply concerned about developments in #Myanmar. I call for immediate release of detained political leaders. Attempts to undermine #democracy & rule of law are unacceptable. Military leaders must adhere to democratic norms and respect public institutions &civilian authority.”

Meanwhile, the Irrawaddy Times reports that Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the military would hold a new election as soon as it completes implementing emergency provisions. After the Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) issued a statement announcing that it had taken control of the country and declaring a one-year state of emergency, the commander-in-chief said the military would hand power to the winner of the election. During a meeting of the new National Defence and Security Council (NDSC) attended by acting President U Myint Swe, Snt-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said that while taking over the country, the military would follow the provisions of the military-drafted 2008 Constitution and existing laws that do not violate it. Acting President U Myint Swe served as vice president in the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government, the Irrawaddy Times reported. 

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