Myanmar’s military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other top officials from the governing party on Monday, seizing power in a coup less than 10 years after it handed over power to a civilian government, reported news agencies.
The Myanmar army said it had carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud”, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station.
A statement on military-owned television said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was now in control of the country and that a state of emergency had been imposed for one year.
“With the situation we see happening now, we have to assume that the military is staging a coup,” Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for the NLD, told the AFP news agency on Monday.
Reports say that the politicians from states and regions, as well as prominent political activists were also detained, while mobile and phone networks were seeing disruption. State media was also reported to be off-air.