YANGON – Myanmar’s military has moved President U Win Myint from the presidential residence to a house near the parliament’s gate in Naypyitaw after a few days in detention since the coup on Monday.
Under the Constitution, the president, vice-presidents and parliamentary speakers remain in office until replacements are selected. Lawyers have condemned the military coup as a violation of the Constitution. However, the coup leaders claim they have acted constitutionally.
Sources from the National League for Democracy said State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health and under house arrest in her Naypyitaw home.
The NLD’s vice-president U Henry Van Thio, an ethnic chin, has been under house arrest at his government residence in Naypyitaw since Monday while both parliamentary speakers are also under house arrest. Ex-general Myint Swe, who was appointed by the military as vice-president, has been appointed as acting president.
Naypyitaw Mayor Dr. Myo Aung has been ordered to vacate his government house within two days. Some union ministers have not been allowed to leave Naypyitaw.
At least 134 officials, lawmakers and political activists have been detained by the military since it launched a coup on Monday.
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