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Myanmar Coup: Suu Kyi Is Accused Of Illegally Importing Walkie-Talkies

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Aung San Suu Kyi

A spokesperson for her political party confirmed the charge.

In the November election, Suu Kyi's party captured 396 out of 476 seats contested in the lower and upper houses of Parliament. Just six months before that, she found a rare European ally in Hungary's fascist-minded Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. And they have been invigorated by watching this exact scenario taking place in the small southeast Asian country.

In a statement, he said: "The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy".

The military has been demanding that the Union Election Commission look into what it said were 8.6 million irregularities in voter lists in 314 townships that could have let voters cast multiple ballots or commit what they characterized as other "voting malpractice".

Suu Kyi, who was the country's de facto leader under the title state counsellor, was issued with an arrest warrant for breaching the country's import and export laws. But after her shift from democracy icon to politician, she worked with the generals and even defended their crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, damaging her worldwide reputation.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach the police, the government or the court for comment. "But if she doesn't step aside", he said, "I think the NLD needs to find new leaders".

The party said in an earlier statement that its offices had been raided in several regions and it urged authorities to stop what it called unlawful acts after its election victory.

The Tatmadaw, led by the notorious Min Aung Hlaing (Dawei), who is set to retire in July 2021, disputed the results citing electoral fraud, and proceeded to consolidate power via a military coup. Suu Kyi's party swept that vote, and the military-backed party did poorly.

In Washington, a legal determination that Monday's seizure of power is a coup d'etat has triggered a review of U.S. relations with Myanmar. Now with more than 140,600 confirmed cases and 3,100 deaths, Myanmar's fragile health system faces the ideal storm of the pandemic and the coup. "I have no desire to work under the military dictatorship", said Nor Nor Wint Wah, a doctor in Mandalay.

Anyhow, notwithstanding Suu Kyi's deplorable conduct, or the fact that there was no clear pathway to a demilitarised democracy, the coup is nonetheless a setback and potentially a disaster.

The military has once more taken over the country, declaring a year-long state of emergency.

Myanmar's newly declared leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, said the military government installed after Monday's coup plans to carry out an investigation into alleged fraud in last year's elections. "We hope that all sides in Myanmar will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability", foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily press briefing in Beijing.

But this time, her standoff with the military comes after she has sorely disappointed many once-staunch supporters in the global community by cozying up to the country's generals while in power. Such statements have to be agreed by consensus.

US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on the generals who seized power. That was the Myanmar military on the way to take over the government in a coup.

When the country returned to nominally civilian rule in 2015, the USA hailed Myanmar, also known as Burma, as an example of how persistent and coercive diplomacy could team up with a fervent local population to deliver a transition to democracy.

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