Myanmar junta chief vows to hold elections in 2025

Min Aung Hlaing’s announcement comes as his regime’s hold over much of the country looks increasingly tenuous

The leader of Myanmar’s coup regime, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, vowed on Saturday to hold long-delayed elections next year, five years after the country last went to the polls.

Speaking to junta officials in the military stronghold of Meiktila in Mandalay Region, the head of the military council said that plans were already in place to begin the election process.

“Efforts are being made to enumerate the population and household census in October as part of preparations for holding a free and fair multiparty democratic general election in the coming year,” he said, according to junta-controlled media.

Since seizing power more than three years ago, Min Aung Hlaing has repeatedly made vague assurances that elections would go ahead once the situation in the country had stabilised.

However, as much of Myanmar remains in a state of turmoil, he appears to have shifted his focus to its. . .

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