Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet cast doubt over the junta's pledge to hold new elections in August 2023.
A heart attack claimed the ex-major, who worked for both U Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi but angered the military before the coup by backing the 2020 vote results.
Also this week, the coup boss was praised as a savior and said there would be no vote until ‘terrorists’ are wiped out, and the generals paid respects to their elders.
Ne Win’s 1962 coup was the root of the evils that plague Myanmar today. Min Aung Hlaing chose to perpetuate those evils—a choice that will, in time, be his downfall.
Regime leader Min Aung Hlaing said the extension was necessary as parts of the country remain unstable, and to prepare for the election the junta plans to hold next year.
This week the junta claimed devastated Kayah was at peace, and that the NLD, whose leaders are in jail, can operate as usual; it also unveiled plans for a big parade.
U Min Thu was Union Government Office minister in the ousted administration; he is the second ex-military officer appointed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to be charged.
On this day a year ago, Min Aung Hlaing voiced his displeasure at the 2020 election outcome by saying the Constitution should be scrapped if it was not being adhered to.
This week the military regime also admitted surprise at the armed resistance to its rule and proposed a voting system it believes will improve its dismal election record.
The Irrawaddy looks at the individuals, groups and forces that shaped the course of events in one of the most tumultuous years in Myanmar’s modern history.
U Soe Thane, once hailed as the int’l face of U Thein Sein’s 2011 reforms, writes in his latest book that the military should have overthrown the NLD govt much sooner.
To mark his passing, The Irrawaddy revisits an exclusive interview with the South African cleric and anti-apartheid icon from 2010.
In an editorial, regime media again tried to use Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s marriage to a foreigner against her; the approach has never dented her unwavering popularity.
Min Aung Hlaing and his junta wield the power of evil, but today’s nationwide protest was a potent reminder to them that an entire nation rejects their illegitimate rule.
Six years ago today, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met President U Thein Sein and Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing to discuss the transfer of power to the NLD weeks after its election win.