Despite having won three elections, the country’s most popular party continues to suffer the persecution it has experienced since its earliest days at the hands of the military.
Than Shwe envisioned permanent political supremacy for the military. Thein Sein’s attempt to realize it was rejected by the people. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup is Plan B.
The junta’s rejection of ASEAN’s choice of special envoy on Monday is the latest twist in a long saga.
Washington accuses the regime of ‘stalling for time’ with its new 2023 target date for elections; Indonesian foreign minister indicates ASEAN is losing patience.
Min Aung Hlaing on Sunday announced he was heading a caretaker government ahead of polls to be held by 2023, raising the specter of Ne Win’s 26-year authoritarian regime.
Despite the wishful thinking of the past decade, the Tatmadaw leadership have never accepted basic democratic norms like elections, and they never will.
The military regime said November’s general election—which was verified as free and fair by local and foreign poll monitors—violated the constitution and election laws.
Do the Tatmadaw’s generals and their cohorts believe the absurd fictions they use to justify their takeover and repressive rule? The answer is probably yes.
Because it came at a time of such hope, the most recent coup feels harder to bear psychologically than its predecessors. But history shows that the people will prevail.
Addressing an international conference in Moscow, coup maker Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing repeated his discredited claim that the NLD rigged last year’s election.
Detained yet again by the generals who despise her, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s only ‘mistake’ has been to honor her commitment to the people who chose her as their leader.
The detained State Counselor is a global force for democracy. We must stand with—and for—her and the people of her country.
The current regime leader is going even further than his predecessors in trying to bury the country’s most popular party; he will be even less successful.
Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing also acknowledges in a TV interview that the opposition caught him by surprise.
The regime’s election body repeated its claim that the party, whose landslide 2020 election win has been endorsed by international poll monitors, ‘rigged’ the vote.