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State of emergency in Burma extended for another six months

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The ruling army burma has extended the state of emergency another six months, a military official said on Monday.

The leader of the Board, Min Aung Hlaingwho has been in power since the February 2021 coup, has asked the members of the military government “to leave him in office for another six months”, until february 2023according to him Global New Light of Myanmar. The eleven members of the National Security and Defense Council have “supported unanimity his proposal,” reported the state newspaper.

The Board declared the state of emergency, which gives him full powers, after the February 1, 2021 coup that overthrew civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The army justified her coup alleging a massive fraud in the general election who won the pro-democracy party Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in November 2020. He has also promised some new elections within one year.

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When the country plunged into civil conflictlater renewed his promise and assured that the state of emergency would be lifted in August 2023. In a speech delivered Monday morning, Min Aung Hlaing He has not mentioned any date. And he has said Burma must come first “peaceful and stable” to hold elections. The general has spoken of “reforming” the electoral systemreplacing the majority vote system that has favored the NLD with a proportional system.

The Burmese junta, regularly accused of atrocities, has carried out a bloody crackdown on its opponents, with more than 2,000 civilians killed and more than 15,000 detained since the coup, according to a local NGO. Arrested at the time of the coup, the Nobel Peace Prize winner 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi, 77 years oldfaces several charges that could mean a total of 150 years in prison.

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