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The United States has demanded the release of the leaders who have been arrested by the Myanmar army, including the de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, vowing to respond if the army refuses to do so.
“The United States opposes any attempt to change the results of the recent elections or obstruct the democratic transition in Burma, and it will take measures (…) if these steps (the arrests) are not reversed,” White House spokeswoman Jane Saki said in a statement.
“We urge the army and all other parties to adhere to democratic standards and the rule of law, and to release the detainees today,” she added.
The Myanmar military declared a state of emergency and said it had arrested a number of top government leaders in response to fraud in last year’s general elections.
The army said on an army-owned TV that the authority had been transferred to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, General Min Aung Hliang.
The military arrested Myanmar’s de facto government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to what the spokesperson of her “National League for Democracy” party asserted, referring to a possible “coup”.
“We heard that she is being held in Naypyidaw (the country’s capital),” said spokesperson Myo Nyunt. We assume that the army is about to carry out a coup, ”indicating that other party officials have also been arrested.
Several weeks ago, the army has been denouncing fraud during the legislative elections that took place in November, which the National League for Democracy won by an overwhelming majority.
These arrests came at a time when the House of Representatives, which resulted from the recent legislative elections, was scheduled to hold its first session within hours.
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