Myanmar’s Commander-in-chief of armed forces Min Aung Hlaing has extended the emergency and declared himself as the Prime Minister of the country. The major development comes six months after Myanmar’s powerful Junta army led a coup against Aung San Suu Kyi led government. Min Aung Hlaing on Monday pledged in a televised address to the nation that he will conduct the ‘free and fair’ elections but in 2023. He said that his move (emergency) will achieve the country’s objective in the next two year. Myanmar has been under military rule since February.
Declaring his government as the “caretaker government”, General Min Aung Hlaing said in a statement that the next general election will be held in August 2023 under his watch.
General Min Aung Hlaing, who has declared last year’s general election a ‘fraud’, has said that country’s military has the power to take the charge of the government under the military-authored 2008 constitution.
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He also said that under his rule, everything will run smoothly, or the way an elected government operates in the country. He also stated in a statement that his government is willing to work with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation).
Meanwhile, the United States has slammed General Min Aung Hlaing’s move to extend the emergency, accusing him of playing for time. Dismissing the General’s plan over emergency extension, the US has urged ASEAN countries to put pressure on Myanmar and resolve the political crisis in the country.
Since the military coup took place in Myanmar, more than 900 people have been killed and thousands others have been injured in police and military crackdown.