Myanmar junta extends emergency rule for 6 months

HY News 01 August, 2022 03:56 pm IST

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The head of Myanmar’s junta on Monday blamed instability for stalling efforts to implement a peace plan agreed with other Southeast Asian countries as he extended emergency rule for another six months.

The junta first declared a state of emergency after seizing power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup in February last year.

While the military, led by General Min Aung Hlaing, has pledged "free and fair" elections in the future, it stated on Monday that it needed more time to ensure the stability of the country.

The decision to extend the emergency comes in the backdrop of the military's execution of four pro-democracy activists on 25 July, accused of allegedly assisting in carrying out "terror acts."

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said in a speech aired on state media that Myanmar had been striving to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic while facing internal violence.

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