Myanmar’s military leader proclaims himself prime minister, promises 2023 elections – .

Myanmar’s military leader proclaims himself prime minister, promises 2023 elections – .

Burmese army chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing proclaimed himself prime minister of the country on Sunday, saying he planned to lead him for two years during a prolonged state of emergency before holding elections in 2023 .
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. “

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.

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.


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