Myanmar’s military leader becomes PM: General Min Aung Hling said – emergency will end in 2023, general elections will be held

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General Min Aung Huling presided over the State Administrative Council (SAC), which was formed just after the coup.  - Dainik Bhaskar

General Min Aung Huling presided over the State Administrative Council (SAC), which was formed just after the coup.

Myanmar’s military leader, General Min Aung Hling, has declared himself the country’s prime minister. He said that in 2023 the emergency would be abolished and general elections would be held. I am ready to cooperate with Southeast Asian countries for a political solution to the current crisis.

In his televised message on Sunday, General Hulling said that we must create an environment for free and fair elections. We have to start preparing for it. I promise to hold multi-party elections.

On 1 February, the military carried out a coup
In Myanmar, the army carried out a coup on the midnight of February 1 this year. Many leaders were arrested there, including popular leader and State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. Since then, protests against the army have been going on all over the country. So far 940 people have died in the bloody conflict during this period. Hundreds of people have also been injured.

Why did the coup take place?

  • General elections were held in Myanmar in November last year. Of these, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won 396 seats in both houses. His party won 258 out of 330 seats in the Lower House and 138 out of 168 in the Upper House.
  • Myanmar’s main opposition, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, won only 33 seats in both houses. This party had the support of the army. Its leader is Than Hite, who has been a Brigadier General in the army.
  • After the results came, the army there raised questions on this. The military accused Suu Kyi’s party of rigging the election. The army also complained to the President and the Election Commission in the Supreme Court regarding this.
  • After the election results, differences started between the democratically elected government and the army there. Now the power of Myanmar is completely in the hands of the army. After the coup, the army has also declared a state of emergency for two years.

Trying to get Aung San Suu Kyi out of politics
After the coup, the military regime has leveled various allegations against Suu Kyi. A court trial is about to run against him for illegally possessing a walkie-talkie radio and breaking the coronavirus protocol. It is believed that the military wants to keep Suu Kyi away from politics by implicating her in many cases.

Will work closely with ASEAN envoy: howling
Halling presided over the State Administrative Council (SAC), which was formed just after the coup. The same council has been governing Myanmar since February 1. Now the caretaker government will take its place. Hulling said his administration was ready to work with a special envoy sent by the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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