Myanmar coup: ‘Voter fraud’ justifies takeover, military rule will be different this time, says army chief

Myanmar coup: ‘Voter fraud’ justifies takeover, military rule will be different this time, says army chief

New junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing made these remarks during his first televised address since the coup and pledged to hand back control after fresh elections

Myanmar’s army chief on Monday insisted military rule would be different this time, as martial law was declared across swathes of the country after massive protests against the new junta.

Orders covering parts of Yangon, Mandalay and other areas banned people from protesting or gathering in groups of more than five, and imposing an 8:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew.

New junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing, wearing a green military uniform, made his first televised speech since seizing power, insisting the putsch was justified by “voter fraud”.

He echoed previous military insistence that the power grab was in line with the constitution but declared that this time things would be “different” from the army’s previous 49-year reign, which ended in 2011.

“After the tasks of the emergency period are completed, free and fair multi-party general elections will be held according to the constitution,” he said.

“The winning party will be transferred state duty according to democratic standards.”

The general said the country welcomed foreign investment and also announced the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, including reopening schools and Buddhist pagodas.

Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh during a 2017 crisis will continue to be repatriated to Rakhine state, he added.

News source : Firstpost

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