Myanmar coup: What we all know thus far, in 500 phrases

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A fast have a look at the coup in opposition to Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected authorities.

Myanmar’s army has terminated the nation’s short-lived expertise with democracy by eradicating democratically elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi and declaring a one-year state of emergency.

Members of the army authorities justified Monday’s coup by alleging widespread voter fraud in a November common election that was received by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, the celebration that in 2015 had established the primary civilian authorities in half a century.

The coup sparked world condemnation, with the United Nations calling it a severe blow to democratic reforms within the nation.

Al Jazeera takes a have a look at the coup and what it means for Myanmar.

What occurred?

The generals made their move hours earlier than Parliament had been because of sit for the primary time because the NLD’s landslide win in a November eight election considered as a referendum on Aung San Suu Kyi’s fledgling democratic rule.

Meanwhile, Aung San Suu Kyi and different NLD heavyweights have been detained in early morning raids.

Phone and web connections within the capital, Naypyitaw, and the principle industrial centre Yangon have been disrupted and state tv went off air.

Who is in cost?

An announcement learn on military-owned Myawaddy TV stated the army would take management of the nation for one yr.

It stated the seizure was obligatory as a result of the federal government had not acted on the army’s claims of fraud in November’s polls and since it allowed the election to go forward regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NLD received greater than 80 % of the vote – rising its help from 2015.

Summarising a gathering of the brand new army authorities, the military stated army chief General Min Aung Hlaing had pledged to practise a “genuine discipline-flourishing multiparty democratic system”.

He promised a free and honest election and a handover of energy to the profitable celebration, it stated, with out giving a timeframe.

Later on Monday, the army eliminated 24 ministers and named 11 replacements to supervise portfolios akin to finance, defence, overseas affairs and inside.

Aung San Suu Kyi is an immensely standard determine in Myanmar for her opposition to the army, which had seized energy in a 1962 coup and stamped out all dissent for many years. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the 75-year-old spent the most effective a part of twenty years underneath home arrest in the course of the earlier army rule – however her worldwide fame was severely broken after she did not cease the bloody crackdown and expulsion of tons of of hundreds of Rohingya in 2017.

How did the worldwide neighborhood react?

The UN led condemnation of the coup and referred to as for the discharge of detainees and restoration of democracy in feedback largely echoed by Australia, Britain, the European Union, India, Japan and the United States.

“The military must reverse these actions immediately,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.

China, which yields main affect on neighbouring Myanmar, referred to as on all sides to respect the structure and uphold stability in a press release which “noted” occasions within the nation quite than expressly condemning them.

Bangladesh, which is sheltering round a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar, referred to as for “peace and stability” and stated it hoped a course of to repatriate the refugees may move ahead. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh additionally condemned the takeover.