Myanmar government approves extension of state of emergency world News

In February last year, the junta declared a state of emergency after Aung San Suu Kyi’s government was toppled by a coup in Myanmar.

AFP | , Posted by Lingamgunta Nirita Rao

Myanmar’s junta chief has secured approval to extend the state of emergency for another six months, state media reported on Monday.

According to a report by Myanmar’s Global New Light, Min Aung Hling, who led the coup last year, requested the military government to “allow him to serve an additional 6 months”.

Members of the junta’s National Defense and Security Council “unanimously supported the resolution,” it said.

In February last year, the government declared a state of emergency after a coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and plunged the country into turmoil.

It has previously said elections would be held and that the state of emergency would be lifted by August 2023 – an extension of the initial one-year deadline announced days after the coup.

Read also | People of Myanmar, immersed in economic trouble, hanged democracy activists

Suu Kyi has justified her power grab by alleging massive fraud during the 2020 elections won by the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Last year, it annulled the results of the polls, announcing that it had uncovered more than 11 million cases of voter fraud.

International observers said the voting was largely free and fair.

Suu Kyi has been detained since the coup and faces a variety of charges that could land her more than 150 years in prison.

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