The military has declared a year-long state of emergency in the country after a popular vote overthrew the Suu Kyi government.
The United States has issued a warning following the arrest of Myanmar leaders yesterday morning. The United States has said it will take action against Myanmar if it doesn’t release Suu Kyi and others. White House Press Secretary Jane Saki made the statement yesterday.
In a statement, he said the United States opposes any attempt to disrupt Myanmar’s democratic transition. The United States will take action against those responsible for violating these measures.
Then US President Joe Biden made a statement. In a statement, Biden said the will of the people should never be used. There should be no attempt to erase the results of credible elections.
The United States has lifted sanctions on Myanmar over the past decade in the wake of a democratic transition. But the United States has threatened to impose sanctions on Myanmar if it returns to military rule.
In this context, Joe Biden said that the decision to impose sanctions will be reviewed on an urgent basis.
At the same time, Biden warned that the United States would stand by democracy wherever it was attacked.
World leaders have expressed concern over the military coup in Myanmar. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the attack. Many countries and international organizations have called for the release of Suu Kyi and other political leaders.
Suu Kyi’s party, the NLD, won a landslide victory in last November’s general election in Myanmar. Since then, the crisis has intensified. The Union Solidarity and Development Party, an army and pro-military party has been alleging vote-rigging since the election.
Last Thursday, the country’s election commission denied the allegations. The first session of Myanmar’s newly elected parliament was scheduled to take place yesterday. A few hours earlier, a military coup had taken place in the country.
Myanmar, which has been under military rule for almost half a century, began to smell the fragrance of democracy through the 2015 elections. That got some basis in last November’s election. But yesterday the country again.