Myanmar’s military announced the end of the state of emergency and will hold a new general election

Myanmar’s military issued a television statement on February 1, saying that after the end of the state of emergency, Myanmar will hold a new general election, and the state power will be transferred to the newly elected political party.

The military announced that during the implementation of the state emergency, the Federal Electoral Commission will be reformed and the process of last November election will be re examined. Meanwhile, measures will continue to be taken to deal with COVID-19 and promote economic recovery.

Myanmar’s president Wen Min, state minister Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior NLD officials were detained by the military early in the morning of the 1st. Myanmar’s military then announced that a one-year state of emergency has been implemented and state power has been transferred to the commander-in-chief of the national defense force.

Myanmar Banking Association issued a statement on the same day that all banks in Myanmar will temporarily suspend business. In addition, Xinhua News Agency reporters learned that Myanmar Civil Aviation Administration has informed Airlines headquarters that Yangon International Airport will be closed until the end of May.

Myanmar held a federal parliament election in November last year, and the NLD won more than half of the seats in the Federal Parliament. Recently, the Myanmar military and the NLD have disagreed over the election results. The military believed that there was fraud in the election and asked the election commission to investigate and postpone a new session of the Federal Parliament, but it was rejected.

The first meeting of the people’s house (lower house) of Myanmar’s new federal parliament was originally scheduled to be held on February 1. (reporter Che Hongliang, Zhang Dongqiang)

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