Myanmar Coup Leader Says His Regime Will Focus on Election Probe, COVID-19

By The Irrawaddy 2 February 2021

YANGON—Myanmar military regime leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said election-related matters and issues surrounding COVID-19 would be priorities for his government.

The military staged a coup on Monday after electoral disputes with the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led government. Following the coup, military-appointed acting President U Myint Swe announced a state of emergency and handed power to the senior general for one year.

The military regime has vowed to investigate what it claims is mass fraud in the November election, which brought a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It also announced that it would hold an election after the disputes were settled.

“During the one year period of the state of emergency, we have to prioritize election-related matters, and the prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19,” the senior general said during the first meeting of his newly formed cabinet on Tuesday.

On election-related matters, he said the regime will investigate voter-list errors and reform the electoral body, the Union Election Commission.

“For the voter-list error issue, it will be scrutinized by someone known for their fairness. There will be action according to the law when the results come out,” he added.

On COVID-19, he said prevention, control and treatment of the disease would be conducted without interruption, and added that procedures would be put in place so that international flights bringing COVID-19 vaccines to Myanmar would be able to land.

On Monday, Myanmar’s government agency in charge of air travel said it had stopped all passenger flights coming into the country, according to the Associated Press.

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