An announcement read out on military-owned Myawaddy TV said the move was needed to preserve the “stability” of the state, accusing the country’s election commission of failing to address “huge irregularities” in a November election.
Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, was detained in the early hours along with the president and other top politicians after weeks of tensions with the military over the allegations of vote-rigging.
“The UEC (election commission) failed to solve huge voter lists irregularities in the multiparty general election which was held on 8 November 2020,” said the statement signed by the new acting president Myint Swe, a former general who had been vice-president.
The statement accused “other party organisations” of “harming the stability of the state”.
“As the situation must be resolved according to the law, a state of emergency is declared.”
The statement said responsibility for “legislation, administration and judiciary” had been handed over to military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.
Suu Kyi detained, Myint Swe appointed as acting president after military coup
In an apparent coup, Myanmar’s military has detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders and declared that it’s taking control of the country for one year. Suu Kyi and the country’s president were taken into custody after weeks of rising tensions between the military and the civilian government over allegations of fraud in November’s elections.
In the hours after the arrests, communications networks in Myanmar were restricted, with several mobile phone networks down. Myanmar’s polls in November were only the second democratic elections the country has seen since it emerged from the 49-year grip of military rule in 2011. The ruling-NLD swept the polls and was expected to renew the 75-year-old Suu Kyi’s lease on power with a new five-year term.
“We have noted the developments in Myanmar with deep concern. India has always been steadfast in its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.