Nay Pyi Taw, July (27)

The military council, which is facing challenges in many sectors, has gotten so desperate to the point where it takes advantage of the name of imprisoned State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said political analysts.

Unconfirmed reports claim that the public leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison after the military takeover, will be moved from Nay Pyi Taw prison to house arrest.

The military council, which has been defeated in ground battles and in political, military, and diplomatic affairs, has started to take steps to use public leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi more than two years after the coup.

 “The military council is considering whether it can overcome the difficulties with the help of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Dr. Hla Kyaw Zaw, an expert on Myanmar politics, “There may be disagreements and conflicts between their groups regarding whether or not to use her.  It remains to be seen”.

On August 1, the Vijayabhumi Nimmana Buddha statue built by the military leader will be unveiled, and on that day, the release of prisoners and the transfer of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to house arrest are likely to be announced, AP reported on July 25.

Similarly, the BBC reported that the military council had relocated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to a residence in Nay Pyi Taw where Deputy Ministers used to live, but the junta did not confirm it.

On the other hand, the military council sentenced Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to more than 30 years in prison and attempted to remove her from the political stage, but the use of her name shows that the military council is in crisis, political analysts say.

Veteran politician U Pe Than said, “I don’t know if the military council will use her (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) in the peace sector or to control her aides, or if they will use her to make the people accept the actions of the military council. However, the military council will not allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to freely engage in political activities among the public, and they may use her for their own benefit”.

On July 9, the Thai Foreign Minister met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and received a message that she encouraged the dialogue, but the military council said it did not know the details of the discussion between the two leaders.

From February 1, 2021, when the military took power, until July 9 this year, the military council prohibited repeated attempts by international organizations and diplomats, including ASEAN, to see the ousted Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

However, when the extended state of emergency was set to expire and the military balance was no longer controlled, the Military Council, which is attempting to stabilize the country, reportedly permitted Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with the Thai Foreign Minister.

Analysts have pointed out that permitting Aung San Suu Kyi to interact with foreign diplomats and special representatives while she was imprisoned and placing her under house arrest is an old practice adopted by preceding military regimes.

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