Myanmar’s military has seized power and declared a state of emergency for one year following days of escalating tension over the result of November’s parliamentary elections.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, President Win Myint, and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been detained in the capital, Naypyidaw, on Monday.
A video broadcast on military-owned television said power was handed to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, citing “huge irregularities” in November’s vote.
The power grab came as Parliament – in which the military is given 25 percent of the seats – was set to open in Myanmar.
Joe Biden has threatened to resume sanctions on Myanmar following the military coup and the suspension of democracy and called for international solidarity in confronting the country’s generals.
“The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action,” Biden said in a written statement addressing the first foreign policy crisis of his presidency.
But unlike President Trump Biden doesn’t have the courage to stand up to China at the grand stage, as MailOnline reported “Chaos” erupted in the White House as Biden administration officials argue over whether to call #Myanmar military takeover a “coup” over fears they will “anger China and be forced to withdraw foreign aid”.
Joe Biden has condemned the takeover but has so far refrained from calling it a coup.
The administration has so far refrained from calling the takeover a coup — a term the term would require the U.S. to cut off aid to Myanmar’s government under the Foreign Assistance Act.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions against Min Aung Hlaing and blocked him from entering the United States for his role in alleged human rights abuses.
Michelle is an American conservative author she is committed to the constitutional principles of individual freedom, economic liberty, limited government, personal responsibility, and traditional values. She is a libertarian and provocateur who believes in freedom and liberty for all Americans. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington, while exposing politicians and individuals who wish to do us harm.