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Myanmar Military Junta Promises To Hold Elections

  • Demonstrations are taking place in Myanmar since the coup on February 1, 2021.

    Demonstrations are taking place in Myanmar since the coup on February 1, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @TibetanReview

Published 16 February 2021 (8 hours 26 minutes ago)
Opinion

On Tuesday, detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court via a video link, accused of keeping unlicensed walkie-talkies at her home. 

The military junta in Myanmar pledged on Tuesday to hold elections and "hand power to the winning party," as widespread protests continue under an Internet shutdown.

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“We guarantee that the election will be held," a spokesman for the junta Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said during a press conference. This as the ruling council did not give an election date but declared a one-year emergency state.

On Tuesday, the detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court via a video link, accused of keeping unlicensed walkie-talkies at her home. However, the authorities also charged her and President Win Myint with violating the Natual Disaster law amid the  COVID-19  pandemic during the elections last year.

The punishment for breaking COVID-19 restrictions is up to three years in prison, although the military could detain the leader indefinitely. Aung San Suu Kyi will remain in custody until her next hearing in March.  

   

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