Myanmar's military junta plans probe of November election


General Min Aung Hlaing was given "legislative, judicial and executive powers", effectively returning Myanmar to military rule after a 10-year experiment with democracy.

The military alleged discrepancies such as duplicated names on voting lists in scores of districts and was unhappy with the election commission's response to its complaints. "We want to show them we will follow only our elected government".

However, any impact will be mainly symbolic as nearly all assistance goes to non-government entities and Myanmar's military was already under U.S. sanctions over its brutal campaign against the Rohingya minority.

In the capital Naypyidaw, armed troops were stationed outside the dormitories for parliamentarians. The opportunity of a lifetime where political power sat with the people of Myanmar has now been diminished and probably gone for good. Last week, Suu Kyi observed vaccinations at a hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw, and told reporters that the process must proceed carefully because the government does not have all the supplies it needs.

But while the coup may lead Myanmar's leaders to lean more heavily on support from China, supplier of most of their weapons and one of the country's biggest sources of foreign investment, researcher Zhao Gancheng at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, says it was an unwelcome disruption.

Some chanted "Long live Mother Suu". Therefore, in the months following Biden's election, QAnon believers have been rumbling about the results of the election being fraudulent.

Myanmar became the diplomatic toast in 2012 as world leaders, including the U.S. President Barack Obama, descended to what was considered as a potential democratic stronghold in Southeast Asia and China's backyard. The new parliament was to have opened Monday.

The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on the Myanmar situation on Tuesday in an attempt to facilitate the political and social stability of Myanmar and the peaceful settlement of the problem.

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He continues to carry the baton of the "Great Father" junta military rule ideology, having negotiated the release of Suu Kyi in pre-junta military rule Myanmar and also silently forcing his hand on her during her time in office.

Banks in Yangon reopened after halting financial services a day earlier due to poor internet connections and amid a rush to withdraw cash. Protests have in the past been violently quashed under military rule. In 1988 and 2007, people took to the streets in force to protest dictatorship.

Myanmar's youth networks have announced a "civil disobedience" campaign, though it has yet to materialise. Here, a military commander visits a Hindu temple in Yangon.

Myanmar's military-backed party governed from 2011 to 2016 with former Gen. Thein Sein as president.

President Joe Biden in a forceful statement Monday said the USA would consider reimposing sanctions on Myanmar, which were lifted during its decade-long transition to democracy.

But Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, while popular among Myanmar's Buddhist majority, has seen her worldwide reputation decline over her government's treatment of the country's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority.

But her worldwide image collapsed during her time in power as she defended the Rohingya crackdown. The visit was seen in part as an endorsement of the victory of Suu Kyi's party in the November election and partly as a signal Beijing would like to see faster progress on projects agreed to a year earlier.

"She said that when she comes to power, she'll amend the Constitution and she will progressively reduce the Army's guaranteed seats in Parliament", Gupta added.