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Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
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Following continued criticism of the election results in Myanmar, the military is seeking to overthrow the government. Myanmar's de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other high-ranking members of the ruling party were arrested by the army early this morning, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

The military confirmed the arrests and declared a state of emergency. Control had been taken over for a year, military television said. Power had been handed over to Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The army justified the action with alleged election fraud.