Myanmar's military declares state of emergency and detains elected leader

1 February
Yangon, Myanmar (photo credit: Eugene Phoen/flickr)
Yangon, Myanmar (photo credit: Eugene Phoen/flickr)
Myanmar's military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids. The army said it had carried out the detentions in response to "election fraud," handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station. [ . . . ] The 2008 constitution, drafted and implemented during military rule, has a clause that says in case there is a national emergency, the president in co-ordination with the military-dominated National Defence and Security Council can issue an emergency decree to hand over the government's executive, legislative and judicial powers to the military's commander-in-chief.
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