Myanmar Prolongs State of Emergency for Six Months

Myanmar Prolongs State of Emergency for Six Months
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The Myanmar junta’s National Defense and Security Council gave unanimous approval for the decision, according to state media.

Myanmar’s junta will extend the state of emergency in the country for a further six months, state media reported on Monday.

The junta first declared a state of emergency after seizing power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup in February last year.

Leader of the junta, Min Aung Hlaing requested the military government to "allow him to serve for an additional 6 months," according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar.

The report said members of the junta’s National Defense and Security Council unanimously supported the decision. 

State of emergency since 2021

The state of emergency was declared in February 2021, after a coup ousted Suu Kyi’s government. The junta has said elections will be held, and the state of emergency would be lifted by August 2023.

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A Myanmar national living in Thailand holds the pictures of executed political prisoners in Myanmar, as they protest outside Myanmar’s embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, July 26, 2022. International outrage over Myanmar’s execution of four political prisoners intensified recently with grassroots protests and strong condemnation from world governments, as well as fears the hangings could derail nascent attempts to bring an end to the violence and unrest that has beset the Southeast Asian nation since the military seized power last year.

However, doubts have been raised about whether the elections will be held.

The army alleges election fraud during the 2020 elections, which were won by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). Election monitoring groups have found no evidence of fraud.

Suu Kyi has been detained since the coup, and faces multiple charges. 

Since the takeover, there has been a crackdown on dissent and freedom of press. On Saturday, a Japanese video journalist was detained by security forces in Myanmar while covering a protest against military rule in Yangon, according to pro-democracy activists. 

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TNL Editor: Nicholas Haggerty (@thenewslensintl)

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