Six months after the Myanmar army snatched power from the country’s civilian government, the chief of the armed forces said on Sunday that the new elections would be held in the country and” the accomplish state of emergency would be August 2023”.
The state of emergency was imposed initially for a period of one year, according to the military’s announcement days after it ousted the elected leader of the country Aung San Suu Kyi in February this year.
The state administration council, as the junta calls itself, also appointed Min Aung Hlaing as the prime minister of the “caretaker government,” it announced in a separate statement.
Min Aung Hlaing announced the junta’s decision to extending the military’s initial timeline . “We will accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023,” he said.
The military chief also said that the junta is ready to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations special envoy to the country.The United Nations has noted that the Asean is best placed to lead the diplomatic efforts to restore stability in Myanmar.
The foreign ministers of Asean countries are meeting on Monday to discuss the issue along with several regional and international issues. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also scheduled to attend the meetings, during which he would discuss the ongoing crisis in Myanmar and actions to address the climate crisis.
The situation in Myanmar has owing to the lack of stability following protests by the public against the military takeover. The military has cracked down heavily on the protesters and , more than 900 people have been killed by the authorities.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, has said that 939 people have been killed so far by the armed forces and 6,990 people have been arrested in the military’s , according to a Reuters report.
The political instability, the Covid-19 pandemic has also wreaked havoc in the country as many hospitals are empty due to the absence of medical staff the democratic government.
The military has alleged more than 11 million instances of voter fraud during the country’s 2020 elections in which Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy won by a landslide.