Who are Myanmar's allies

Coup in Myanmar

Berlin. Myanmar's ten-year interlude with a civilian government is over: On Monday, the military put on a coup, President Win Myint, de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the government and high-ranking representatives of the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) arrested and for one year a state of emergency was imposed on the very day on which the constituent session of the parliament, which was elected last November, was to take place. One of the two vice-presidents, Myint Swe, an ally of the military, was appointed acting president by the military for a year. Then new elections are to be held and the country will return to parliamentary rule. The military claimed it had to step in because of widespread fraud in the November 2020 election, in which the NLD won a landslide victory with 396 out of 476 seats available. However, no credible evidence of this has been presented. The military's claim that the action was in line with the Constitution is equally dubious.

The coup in Myanmar generated strong reactions abroad. UN Secretary General António Guterres spoke of a "heavy blow to the democratic reforms in Myanmar". In the election, the NLD received a "strong mandate" from the people in Myanmar who long for democracy, peace and human rights. The European Union, the USA and other countries made similar statements. Myanmar's neighbor China called for stability and expressed the hope that "all sides in Myanmar could resolve their differences under the constitution." In Berlin, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) demanded the immediate release of those arrested. ais Page 2

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