Myanmar’s military leadership has announced it will extend the state of emergency in the country by six months.
The ruling State Administration Council (SAC) first declared a state of emergency after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing seized power in a coup in February 2021, deposing the democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Min Aung Hlaing will extend the state of emergency after the military’s national defence and security council “unanimously supported” the proposal, state media reported on Monday.
“In our country, we must continue to strengthen the ‘genuine and disciplined multi-party democratic system’ which is the desire of the people,” the state-run Global New Light newspaper quoted Min Aung Hlaing as saying.
The announcement comes after the SAC last month announced the execution of four anti-coup activists, including a close ally of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, drawing condemnation from rights groups and countries including the United States, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Yadanar Maung, a spokesperson for activist group Justice For Myanmar, said the extension lacks a legal basis.
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