In a military coup, Mayanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 24 other ministers were arrested and yet after 24 hours of their arrest, their whereabouts remained unknown. On early Monday, the army had seized the country’s control and for a year, it imposed a state of emergency.
After seizing power, without giving a time frame, a free and fair election was promised by the General Min Aung Hlaing. After the election, the power will be handed over to the winning party. 11 ministers have been named by the army as replacements including defence, interior, finance and foreign affairs.
The arrested people include Shwe Nya War Sayadaw, a Buddhist monk who is known for his outspoken support for Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD). The arrest of the monk is significant, as in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, monks hold a powerful political force.
In November elections, the coup followed a landslide win for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party but the result was refused by the military citing allegations of fraud. On Myanmar’s streets, troops and riot police are marching and also military helicopters flew across the city. However, till Tuesday morning, no unrest was reported.
Army and police vehicles have taken a position in the capital Naypyitaw. The situation is similar in Myanmar’s main commercial centre at Yangon. In the meantime, internet and phone connections have been restored. Although bustling markets were quiet, Yangon airport is also closed and today, banks are expected to reopen.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council is likely to meet the diplomats. In the UN-led condemnation, the democratic countries’ leaders including India, Australia, Japan, the European Union and the United States called for detainees’ release and democracy’s restoration.