/ 09 February 2021

Myanmar’s military commander pledges an election

In a nationally televised address, General Min Aung Hlaing says there will be a new election. After that, the military will hand power to the winner to form a “true and disciplined democracy”. He repeated claims that last November’s poll – which saw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy party win 70% of the vote – was fraudulent. A timeframe for the election wasn’t set, and Suu Kyi’s party’s participation is thought unlikely. “I want to make a request to every citizen that everyone should go with the true facts and not to follow feelings of your own,” Min Aung Hlaing said. Big crowds of protestors continued to demonstrate against the coup yesterday. And Australian economist Professor Sean Turnell’s family made a plea for his release from detention.

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