Myanmar’s military reshuffles its government on a large scale and the UN will hold consultations behind closed doors

Beijing, February 2 (Xinhua) according to a comprehensive report, after Myanmar president Wen Min, state minister Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior officials of the National League for democracy were detained by the military in the early morning of the 1st, the Myanmar military released information through “miaowadi” TV station that night, announcing a large-scale restructuring of the current Myanmar government. At the same time, the sudden change of Myanmar’s political situation has aroused the attention of the international community, many countries have voiced their positions, and the UN Security Council will hold closed door consultations on the situation in Myanmar.

Myanmar's military reshuffles its government on a large scale and the UN will hold consultations behind closed doors

Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi.

Military reshuffle, government says general election will be held again

In the early hours of February 1, Myanmar president Wen Min, State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior officials of the National League for democracy were detained by the military. 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’s military said in a television statement on the 1st 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.

During Myanmar’s state of emergency, the military will check the “election fraud” in November 2020 and reform the Federal Election Commission, the statement said. In addition, measures will be taken to control COVID-19 and promote economic recovery.

According to Agence France Presse, Reuters and other foreign media reports, on the evening of February 1 local time, Myanmar’s military released information through “miaowadi” TV station, announcing the removal of 24 ministers and deputy ministers and the appointment of 11 new ministerial posts. The ministerial posts appointed by Myanmar’s military include finance, health, information, foreign affairs, national defense, border and internal affairs.

All flights cancelled and banks resumed business after a brief closure

Affected by Myanmar’s military’s announcement of a state of emergency across the country, Myanmar’s civil aviation authority sent a telegram to the headquarters of various airlines on the 1st, saying that the Yangon airport was closed until April 30, and all international and domestic flights at this stage were cancelled.

On the other hand, according to the Myanmar Chinese website, on February 1, the Myanmar Banking Association issued a statement to suspend operations, saying that due to the current situation in China, the banks had problems such as system failure and network connection interruption. Since February 1, the association of banks has decided to temporarily close all its branches.

However, the latest news shows that in the afternoon of that day, the Myanmar Banking Association announced that after the emergency meeting of the Executive Committee, all domestic banks will resume normal business from February 2.

Myanmar's military reshuffles its government on a large scale and the UN will hold consultations behind closed doors

Information picture: UN Secretary General Guterres. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao pan

The United Nations will hold closed door video consultation

After Myanmar’s political situation changed, UN Secretary General Guterres issued a statement strongly condemning the detention of Burmese president Wu Wenmin and state minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and calling these actions “a serious blow to Myanmar’s democratic reform”. Britain, the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, will hold closed door video consultations on the current situation in Myanmar on the morning of February 2, US Eastern time.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed out that “China is Myanmar’s friendly neighbor. We hope that all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences and maintain political and social stability within the constitutional and legal framework.”.

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President, said on February 1 that the Kremlin is paying attention to and analyzing what happened in Myanmar, but it is too early to make an assessment.

The White House issued a Biden administration statement on the evening of January 31 local time, demanding the Burmese military to “release the detained as soon as possible”, otherwise measures will be taken.

In a statement, the Australian Foreign Ministry called on the Burmese military to “respect the law, resolve disputes by legal means, release all Burmese leaders illegally detained immediately, and respect the results of the 2020 election.”.

European Council President Michelle also “strongly condemned” this, and called on the military “to release all the detained people, saying that Myanmar’s election results must be respected.”.

The French government called on the Burmese military to respect the election results in November 2020.

The Japanese government expressed “serious concern” and called for the release of relevant people, including state minister and foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi, calling for “the restoration of democracy as soon as possible”.

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