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Observing Myanmar’s situation: FM

01 Feb 2021 12:05, Somoy English Desk
Observing Myanmar’s situation: FM
Observing Myanmar’s situation: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh is observing the situation in Myanmar after its military has taken control of the country arresting Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders.

The reaction will be expressed through a press note, he said while talking to Somoy News.

Following the putsch in Myanmar, an uncertainty looms large over the Rohingya repatriation.

Myanmar's military took control of the country after Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders were arrested in the early hours of Monday.

Hours after the arrests, military TV confirmed a state of emergency had been declared for one year.

The coup comes after tensions rose between the civilian government and the military following a disputed election.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by the military until democratic reforms began in 2011.

The military said on Monday it was handing power to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. Soldiers are on the streets of the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, and the main city, Yangon.

In November's election, Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won enough seats to form a government. The army says the vote was fraudulent.

The BBC's South East Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, says the coup appears to be a clear violation of the constitution drafted by the military more than a decade ago, and which it promised to honour only on Saturday.

Detaining political leaders like Ms Suu Kyi is a provocative and very risky move, one which may well be strongly opposed, our correspondent says.

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