Junta leader hints at extending state of emergency

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Nay Pyi Taw, July (15)

The military leader’s statement that there are still needs to be taken seriously in order to ensure security and stability in the entire country implies that the emergency period may be further extended, said political analysts.

On July 13, military chief General Min Aung Hlaing spoke about the five-point road map at the cabinet meeting of the military council.

The military leader said that the most important point is that priority will be given to fully realizing peace, stability, and the rule of law throughout the Union to safeguard the socioeconomic life of the people.

He went on to say that in the last seven months, there have been 489 explosions and over 780 deaths in the country, and that terrorist attack incidents have lessened but are still occurring.

Therefore, the military leader said that there are still things that need to be fully implemented regarding security, stability, and law and order.

Political analyst U Ye Tun said, “junta leader urgently extended the state of emergency, saying the situation is not yet stable for the public to vote freely across the country. The emergency period is about to end, but the military leader’s statement that the country is not yet stable may mean that he is planning to extend it for another six months.

The six-month state of emergency, which was extended on January 31 by the National Defense and Security Council on the grounds that the country is not in a normal situation, comes to an end on July 31.

U Aung San Myint, secretary-1 of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), told Than Lwin Times that the military council will work in some way to assure the continuity of administrative authority and will undoubtedly retain the illegally acquired power.

The military leader stated that because the worst situation is occurring in Sagaing, Chin State, and Kayah State, security must be tightened even more, and that police officers have been killed while performing tasks.

The military leader said citing the final point of the road map that upon accomplishing the provisions of the state of emergency, free and fair multiparty democratic elections will be held, and further work will be undertaken to hand over State duties to the winning party in accordance with democratic standards.

However, revolutionary forces across the country have launched offensive attacks against the coup army, and some areas have been occupied by revolutionary forces.

The ISP-Myanmar, a research group, reported on June 30 that more than 9,500 clashes erupted across the country until May of this year since coup.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: MOI

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