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    Myanmar – senior government officials detained, state of emergency decree

    State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other top officials of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained by the military on Monday morning. Myanmar, NLD spokesman Myo Nyunt told Media.

    “I have received internal reports that have reported the arrest of our State Councilor and the President by the military. According to the information I have, the Minister of Planning and Finance of Shan State, Soe Nyunt Lwin, the president of the NLD in Kayah State, Thaung Htay, and some NLD representatives in the parliament of the Ayeyarwady region were detained, “he said.

    “Two members of the Central Executive Committee of the party have been taken away and I myself expect to be detained shortly because I have been informed by our members that my turn will come shortly,” the spokesman warned.

    Myanmar’s military television channel announced on Monday the declaration of a state of emergency in the country for a period of one year, after the arrest of several government leaders.

    State Radio and Television (MRTV) ceased all activity on Monday morning, the channel said on its social media page.

    Telecommunications in the capital Nay Pyi Taw as well as in other regions and states were also cut.

    The first ordinary session of the new parliamentary session was, to begin with, the convening of the House of Representatives on Monday, the House of Nationalities on Tuesday, and the session of the Union Assembly on February 5.

    Upcoming parliamentary sessions will elect the presidents of both chambers of parliament and form parliamentary committees while electing the president and vice-presidents, as part of the formation of the government.

    Myanmar held multi-party general elections on November 8, 2020, and the ruling NLD won the majority of seats in both chambers of the Union Assembly.

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