Myanmar: Junta extends “emergency” rule until 2023

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Myanmar’s military regime has extended its emergency rule until 2023 as the country remains riven by internal fighting following last year’s coup. The junta seized power last year after overthrowing Aung Sung Suu Kyi’s democratically-elected government. The military has promised to hold ‘free and fair’ elections in the future. But on Monday it said it needed more time to stabilise the country. Emergency rule gives it more powers to detain people. Many in Myanmar are sceptical the the military will hold multi-party elections or transfer state power to an elected government. General Min Aung Hlaing’s regime first extended emergency rule last August and, under the powers granted by the order, he also appointed himself prime minister.” (08/01/22)