On February 1 local time, British Prime Minister Johnson tweeted, “I condemn the coup in Myanmar and the illegal imprisonment of civilians, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The people’s vote must be respected, and civilian leaders must be released.”
Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), spokesman Miao Nu, said on the 1st that Myanmar’s President Wen Min, State Senior Government Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior NLD officials were detained by the military in the early morning of the same day.
The Myanmar military subsequently issued a statement saying that a one-year state of emergency would be imposed in accordance with constitutional provisions.
According to Myanmar military television, the presidential palace announced the transfer of state power to the commander-in-chief of the National Defense Force, Min Aung Lai.
It is reported that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi issued a statement on the same day that the military was putting the country back under dictatorship.
The Myanmar military issued a televised statement saying that after the end of the national emergency, Myanmar will resume general elections and state power will be transferred to the newly elected political parties.
The military statement said that during the implementation of the national emergency, the Federal Election Commission will be reformed and the general election process last November will be re-verified, while measures will continue to be taken to deal with the coronavirus epidemic and promote economic recovery.