Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing suggests plans for a ‘by-election’

The military chief did not elaborate on why, when, or where a vote would be held, only declaring it would be different from the 2020 election that preceded his attempted seizure of power

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing declared on Tuesday in a meeting with political parties in Naypyitaw that his coup council had already made the necessary “legal amendments” to hold a by-election in Myanmar. 

Following the 2020 general election, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi won a majority of votes and parliamentary seats, the Myanmar military carried out a coup in February 2021, accusing the party of electoral fraud. 

The country has been in a junta-imposed state of emergency for more than three years, with the military fighting resistance forces and ethnic armed organisations on multiple fronts nationwide and losing control of hundreds of bases and several cities.

Several times since the coup, the regime has announced

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