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Myanmar military says it is taking control of the country

Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted at 10:56 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 22:56:15-05

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Myanmar military television says the military is taking control of the country for one year, while reports say many of the country’s senior politicians including Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained.

An announcer on military-owned Myawaddy TV made the announcement Monday morning and cited a section of the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency.

He said the reason for takeover was in part due to the government’s failure to act on the military’s claims of voter fraud in last November’s election.

The announcement follows days of concern about the threat of a military coup — and military denials.

It came on the morning the country’s new Parliament session was to begin.