Min Aung Hling, the military dictator who overthrew Myanmar’s democratic government, has declared himself the country’s new prime minister. Six months ago today, Myanmar’s military overthrew the democratic government led by Aung Sang Suu Kyi. What’s more, the army placed Su Qi under house arrest, while many of the other leaders were imprisoned. Since then, Myanmar has been witnessing a series of violent protests against the military regime.
Many allegations against Aung San Suu Kyi
After the coup, the military regime has leveled various allegations against Suu Kyi. A court trial is set to resume on Monday against Aung San Suu Kyi for illegally possessing a walkie-talkie radio and breaking coronavirus protocols. In such a situation, it is believed that the military administration of Myanmar is trying to keep Aung San Suu Kyi away from the country’s politics by implicating him in many cases.
Myanmar promises to lift emergency by 2023
In a televised message on Sunday, General Min Aung Huling reiterated his promise to hold elections in the country by 2023 within two years and cooperate with Southeast Asian countries to find a political solution to the crisis. He also said that we should create conditions for conducting free and fair multi-party elections. We have to prepare for it. I promise to hold multi-party elections in this period.
In February the Myanmar army carried out a coup
It is noteworthy that on February 1, 2021, the state of emergency was declared after the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Military officials justified their action, saying that the 2008 constitution, with military majorities, allowed it to do so. The military claims that Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in the general election last year through fraud. However, the army has not presented any concrete evidence to support its claim.
caretaker government will replace the council
Min Aung Huling presided over the State Administration Council (SAC) which was formed just after the coup. The same council was ruling Myanmar since February 1. Now the caretaker government will replace this council and will take over the reins of the country. Min Aung Huling also said that his administration would work with any special envoys designated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Hope for peace with ASEAN mediation
ASEAN is to meet on Monday to designate a special envoy for Myanmar. This special envoy will promote dialogue between Myanmar’s military and its democratic leaders and contribute to the establishment of peace. After Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party won the election, the military seized power in Myanmar, accusing it of rigging. However, the country’s election commission has dismissed the allegations of fraud.
939 people died in the protests
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners’ activist group has accused the armed forces of killing 939 people to suppress dissent since the coup and says at least 6,990 military opponents have been arrested. The army said the number of protesters killed was small and that members of the armed forces were also killed in the violence. It said its response met international standards in the face of threats to national security.