Myanmar’s Military Declares a State of Emergency After Arresting Senior Government Officials

The military in Myanmar has declared a state of emergency for a year on Feb. 1, hours after arresting senior government officials, including state counselor and ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a video address broadcasted on military-owned TV, the military also announced that power has been handed to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Southeast Asian country.

The military has also seized control of the city hall in Yangon, the largest city in the country.

AFP News reported that five military trucks surrounded the city hall and soldiers turned people away.

Hours earlier, the military detained Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other top government figures, NLD spokesperson Myo Nyunt told the media. He added that he expected to be also arrested.

“With the situation we see happening now, we have to assume that the military is staging a coup,” Myo Nyunt also said.

Tensions between the civilian government and the military had been escalating since NLD swept the elections held last Nov. 8 to which the military alleged voted fraud.

The military had ruled Myanmar for nearly five decades until democratic reforms began in 2011.

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