- Aung San Suu Kyi, Win Myint detained
- 1-year Emergency declared
The military had taken control of Myanmar detaining the top political leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and declaring one-year Emergency. Suu Kyi and President Win Myint have been detained in Naypyidaw, the new capital city, in the wee hours of Monday. The Parliament was expected to meet on Monday morning for the first time after the elections. The former capital, Yangon, a commercial centre, has been seized by the troops.
The allegations of fraud in the elections last November had snowballed into the tensions between the military establishment and the civilian government resulting in the overthrow of the latter. National League for Democracy (NLD) party headed by Suu Kyi won the elections with a thumping majority.
The military establishment which ruled Myanmar for almost half a century, has its own TV channel through which it had declared Emergency. The US has appealed to the military leaders to release the detained leaders forthwith. Australia also made a similar demand. The country had got relief from 49-year military rule only in 2011 as a result of a prolong democratic movement under the leadership of Suu Kyi and the November election was the second one since then. The military has been complaining about corruption in the elections. It is only a ploy to take over the reins. The fact is the military has not been used to be confined to the barracks.
After the top leaders were arrested, communications have been restricted in Myamnar. Phone numbers and internet connections of the important political leaders have been jammed.