By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
Myanmar’s powerful military has taken control of the country in a coup and declared a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders in early morning raids Monday.
The country woke up to widespread communications blackouts and soldiers in army fatigues patrolling City Hall in the biggest city Yangon.
As news filtered through that the country’s democratically-elected leaders had been detained in the capital – hours before the first session of the new parliament was set to open a news anchor announced on the military-owned channel that power had been handed over to army chief Min Aung Hlaing.
In the address, the military confirmed it had detained the country’s de facto civilian leader Suu Kyi, along with other high-ranking National League for Democracy leaders, in response to alleged voting irregularities in November’s election.
The coup followed weeks of worsening political tensions in the country over the disputed election and rumors that the military could take over had been swirling for days.
Spokesperson for the ruling NLD, Myo Nyunt, confirmed the detentions to CNN Monday, saying that, “State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some other senior figures are being detained in the capital city of Naypyidaw.
Along with Suu Kyi, President Win Myint was also detained, according to Reuters, as well as several senior leaders from large states in Myanmar, including the ministers of Shan State, Kayah State, and the NLD Ayeyarwady state spokesperson.
The coup has been widely condemned internationally, with the United States calling on Myanmar’s military leaders to “release all government officials and civil society leaders and respect the will of the people.
Dandal KURA Radio International recalls that hundreds of thousands of Rohigya Muslims Miniority massacred in a series of genocidal attacks by the Myanmar military for two consecutive years under the leadership of the overthrown president Aung San Suu Kyi.
United nation report confirms that thousands of Rohigya minitority are still taking refuge in Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries in the region.