Min Aung Hlaing and Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State, are two strongmen locked in a dysfunctional relationship.
While the UN and ASEAN do nothing, the Myanmar people are trapped in an ever-increasing cycle of violence.
Also this week, the coup leader’s obsession with the NLD followed him to Russia, and the military meddled in another place it shouldn’t—the Central Bank of Myanmar.
Given the military’s rigging and rejections of previous elections, no one believes the coup leader’s assurances that a free and fair poll will be held next year.
Lieutenant General Aung Lin Dwe is secretary of the State Administration Council not because of ability but because of his unquestioning allegiance to the coup leader.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen warns the proposed executions will provoke a very negative reaction from the international community.
Civil society and international organizations join NUG in saying the regime will use ASEAN’s humanitarian assistance as a political weapon.
With the majority of the population united in their opposition to dictatorship and ever-increasing armed resistance, tensions are rising within military circles.
Also this week, official blessing given to lethal pro-regime militias and regime introduces proportional representation to avoid another election loss.
Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
There has been little or no news of Than Shwe and his cohorts from the former junta since last year’s coup.
The national uprising unfolding against the military regime offers a unique window to support the emergence of a stable democracy in the country.
Also this week, Cambodia’s PM jumped the gun, diplomats snubbed the junta foreign minister, a loyal officer was promoted and a flag relay was held amid a COVID surge.
China’s border security and economic interests will benefit from stability in Myanmar; to achieve this, Beijing should support the people’s efforts to end military rule.
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.