G7 foreign ministers express deep concern over Myanmar coup

G7 foreign ministers express deep concern over Myanmar coup

A 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state sent more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh.

Myanmar Army armored vehicles drive past a street after they seized power in a coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 2, 2021.

In its first move, the army dismissed 24 ministers and their deputies and 11 replacements were made. "We can not do much but stay quiet at this moment".

The military had said one of its reasons for ousting the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi was because it failed to properly investigate its allegations of alleged widespread electoral irregularities.

The army is justifying the coup by alleging fraud in the November election.

We stand with the people of Myanmar who want to see a democratic future.

He tweeted: "I condemn the coup and unlawful imprisonment of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar".

But China declined to criticise anyone, instead calling for all sides to "resolve differences". The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday but took no action.

Aung San Suu Kyi went on to win two elections, one in 2015 and another in 2020 with the latter being contested by the military. Military helicopters flew across the city.

Now the "reshuffle", as Beijing called it, creates some uncertainty even if Myanmar's military was never far from power.

The NLD has called for non-violent resistance to the military takeover.

The general also urged measures to boost the COVID-19-impacted economy, especially the agricultural sector upon which the 70% of the country's population who live in rural areas depend.

Aung San Suu Kyi with white flowers in her hair standing next to Wang Yi

- Pariah - Though former general Myint Swe is acting president, military chief Min Aung Hlaing is now in charge.

When pressed at a Tuesday news conference if Japan supported or would emphasize the kind of stance that the United States had expressed, including the possibility of sanctions, Kato sidestepped a direct answer, repeating an earlier statement that Japan would keep in close contact with other nations and monitor the situation in Myanmar. "We are very anxious".

China is well-connected in Myanmar following years of backing the old military government when it was subject to sweeping Western sanctions after Suu Kyi was put under house arrest in 1989 following pro-democracy protests.

"We were informed not to worry". It says it will hold new elections but has not specified when. The military said the seizure was necessary because the government had not acted on the military's unsubstantiated claims of fraud in November's election, in which Suu Kyi's party won a majority of seats.

The election commission said there was no evidence to support these claims.

Khing Hnin Wai, who describes herself as a physical education teacher, posted a video of herself doing a roughly three-minute routine where she can be seen working out.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi had issued a pre-emptive call for people to reject any military takeover before she was detained on Monday, her party said.

However, her worldwide reputation suffered severely after she defended a deadly army crackdown on the Rohingya minority.

About 750,000 Rohingya were forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh during the campaign, which United Nations investigators said amounted to genocide.

The coup threatens to end Myanmar's fraught 10-year journey to democracy following decades of military rule.

The West "may have considered her this global icon of democracy and that luster is off".

"It's not about the person; it's about the process", he said.

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