Myanmar Coup Leader Declares himself Prime Minister and Says Military Rule, and the State of Emergency will Continue Until 2023

The photo shows Senior Gen. *Min Aung Hlaing. (Photo courtesy of Tatarstan, CC BY 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)

The military leader who organized Myanmar’s coup has declared himself the Prime Minister. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing says military rule, and the state of emergency, will continue until 2023, at which point the country will again hold elections. This contradicts his earlier claims that political freedoms would soon be returned to Myanmar.

Brian Dennett of AMG International says AMG contacts in Myanmar doubt these elections will actually take place. “He seems to be firmly situating himself as the national leader and the Prime Minister, making all of the decisions and really just wreaking havoc.”

Violence continues

Dennett says the military rules with a violent fist. “Two days ago, in Mandalay, there were protests and resistance. And the police there are just shooting people. One of our team members mentioned two people that were just shot dead by police officers. As he put it, they just pulled out their guns with no warning, aimed toward the protesters, and pulled the trigger.”

Since the coup in early February, security forces have killed nearly 1,000 people and arrested over 5,000.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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