Myanmar's leader and many high-ranking officials were arrested by the military
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar President Win Myint and many other high-ranking officials were arrested by the Myanmar army early today.
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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many high-ranking officials were arrested by the military.
Myo Nyunt, senior spokesperson for the Myanmar National Coalition for Democracy (NLD), confirmed that Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and several other senior leaders were arrested earlier this morning.
"I want to tell the people not to act hastily and I expect them to act according to the law," Nyunt said, saying he could soon be arrested by the military too.
The move comes after days of escalating tensions between the civilian government and Myanmar's military. The military requested an investigation into suspected fraud in the congressional elections last year.
Suu Kyi's ruling NLD Party won an overwhelming victory in this election, controlling 346/412 seats of the National Assembly.
Myanmar's new parliament is scheduled to meet for the first time today since the November elections.
Opposition linked to the military declared the results of the election rejected. The Myanmar military also alleges widespread fraud, claiming to have uncovered 8.6 million fraudulent votes.
Last week, Myanmar military spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun said Commander Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's most powerful figure, pointed out "dishonesty and injustice in the election".
When it comes to the military's possibility of conducting a coup, spokesman Zaw Min Tun declined to comment, but did not rule out the possibility. The November election is the second in Myanmar's election controversy since 2011, after 50 years of military power.
But the Myanmar military still plays a significant role in Mynamar's politics, accepting only a partial share of power with leader Aung San Suu Kyi.