Saturday, 27 February, 2021


China Labels Myanmar Coup as a 'Cabinet Reshuffle'

Khing Hnin Wai Khing Hnin Wai is a physical education instructor. Twitter
Bennie Garza | 03 February, 2021, 13:11

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is believed to be under the control of the military and has not been seen since the raids.

On Tuesday night, scores of people in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, honked auto horns and banged on pots and pans Tuesday in a noise protest called by activists. In the Burmese language, "Myanmar" is simply the more formal version of "Burma".

The Parliament was supposed to hold its first session after November elections in which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won 83% of the body's seats.

"But the United States has very limited leverage frankly", he added, especially because there's been little U.S.

Buddhist monk Shwe Nya War Sayadawa, known for his outspoken support for the NLD, was also among those arrested on Monday, his temple said. State Department officials said there was no evidence of widespread fraud and said the coup was timed to prevent Monday's scheduled convening of parliament.

Any impact will be mainly symbolic, as nearly all assistance goes to non-government entities and Myanmar's military was already under U.S. sanctions over its brutal campaign against the Rohingya minority.

The military-owned Myawaddy TV said the country would be under a one-year state of emergency.

Consolidating its power, the new junta removed 24 ministers and named 11 replacements to oversee ministries including finance, defense, foreign affairs and interior.

As of now, the country has returned to full military rule - similar to the situation in Myanmar before 2011 when the military had been in power.

Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest and received the Nobel Peace Prize, has defended the government's attacks on the Rohingya, at times justifying them as part of a war against Islamist extremists in the province.

When she disputed allegations at the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague just over a year ago that army personnel killed Rohingya civilians, torched houses and raped women, fellow Nobel Prize victor Jody Williams saw it as a betrayal. They have oppressed the Muslim minority Rohingyas to the point that the International Criminal Court has brought a charge of genocide against her government.

But she said that the United States is "having daily ongoing conversations" with Japan and India, close USA partners that 'have better contact with the Burmese military than we do'.

What has the global reaction been?

His administration has already threatened to return USA sanctions on the Southeast Asian country's government after they were lifted under the Obama administration to encourage Myanmar's slow transition to democracy.

Biden administration officials had held off on describing the military's weekend roundup as an outright takeover.

The latest coup marks the second time the military has refused to recognize a landslide election win for the NLD, having also rejected the result of 1990 polls that were meant to pave the way for multi-party government.

Other countries in the region, including Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, have said it is an "internal matter".

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi had issued a pre-emptive call for people to reject any military takeover before she was detained on Monday, her party said.

Kye said accurate information coming out of the country is going to become more hard to find.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the European Union and Australia were among others to condemn the coup.

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