Myanmar Junta Extends State of Emergency

The junta chief of Myanmar announced on Monday an extension of its state of emergency for another six months in preparation for its election next year.

Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s junta chief, said the mandate on extending its state of emergency would prioritize improving the country’s public security system and restoring law and order to hold free and fair elections next year.

“In our country, we must continue to strengthen the “genuine and disciplined multi-party democratic system” which is the desire of the people,” Min said.

Min added that Myanmar also needs time to reform its electoral system to improve the representation of ethnic parties in parliament, and the lack of security and stability makes it difficult to implement a 5-point agenda that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations laid out for the country last year.

The members of Myanmar’s junta’s National Defense and Security Council “unanimously supported the proposal” on extending the country’s state of emergency.

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