Despite escalating violence, Myanmar junta leader says elections will proceed

An NUG minister and a defecting officer interpreted the military chief’s promise as a ploy to shore up loyalty among the regime’s increasingly beleaguered troops and personnel

Even as clashes between the army and anti-junta forces intensify and spread in Myanmar, junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has claimed that a general election—which would involve every constituency in the country—will soon be held.

Speaking at the ceremony for the most recent graduating class of the Defence Services Academy (DSA) in Pyin Oo Lwin, Min Aung Hlaing referred to the upcoming election without specifying a planned date, but made assurances that the groundwork for the voting process was underway. 

"Since basic procedures have already begun for holding elections successfully, we would like to tell you that if only we have everyone’s cooperation, we will achieve our goal promptly,” the junta leader said in a speech broadcast on military-run television. 

Following the 2020 general election, in which the National League for Democracy party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won a. . .

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