Min Aung Hlaing’s announcement comes six months after Myanmar’s democratically elected government was toppled in a military coup, sparking waves of protests across the country in which nearly 1,000 protesters were killed by the country’s security forces.
“We must create the conditions for holding free and fair multiparty general elections,” Min Aung Hlaing said Sunday, the Associated Press reported. “We have to prepare. I pledge to organize flawless multiparty general elections. “
#Myanmar #military Chief Min Aung Hlaing decided to legitimize his administration by forming an “interim government”. He appointed himself prime minister while his deputy military leader Soe Win is the deputy prime minister. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/7OUMYztveh
– May Wong (@MayWongCNA) August 1, 2021
According to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), nearly 7,000 people have been arrested and more than 5,000 are currently in detention or have been sentenced.
DAILY UPDATE (07/31)
940 killed by this junta
6,994 arrested in total since the coup
5444 currently detained / convicted
1964 escaping an arrest warrant
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– AAPP (Burma) (appaapp_burma) July 31, 2021
Myanmar’s military toppled its democratically elected government in February, claiming the elections had been tainted with fraud. Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won the election, was arrested. She has since been charged with several crimes, including illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios and violating COVID-19 rules. His trial is due to resume on Monday.
In April, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that its member states had reached an agreement on Myanmar, appointing an envoy to oversee talks to end violence in Myanmar. .
However, the PA notes that progress on this plan has stalled since.
As Reuters reports, Min Aung Hlaing said in his speech that his administration would work with any envoys appointed by ASEAN. ASEAN foreign ministers are due to meet on Monday to finalize a special envoy for Myanmar.