The Myanmar Military Announces That It Will Have An Election in 2023

The military ruler in Myanmar has promised multi-party elections and lifting of the state of emergency by August 2023, extending a timeline set when he toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government earlier this year.
Six months after the coup, the general announced in a televised address on Sunday that Myanmar would be under military rule for nearly two and a half years, instead of the one year the army announced after its taking power.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military coup, with protests and strikes paralyzing both the public and private sectors. According to a local monitoring group, security forces have killed more than 900 people as a result of the crackdown, while armed conflicts have resurged in the borderlands.
The surge in COVID-19 infections has also exacerbated the situation, with many hospitals devoid of medical staff as a result of the targeting of doctors and nurses who led a civil disobedience movement calling on professionals and civil servants not to cooperate with the military.
According to Min Aung Hlaing, the military authorities “must create conditions for a free and fair general election.”
“We need to prepare,” he said. The military would “accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023”, he said.
The state media reported recently that Min Aung Hlaing had been appointed prime minister of a newly formed caretaker government. The general has been leading the State Administration Council since it was formed after the coup, and the caretaker government will replace it.
“To perform the country’s duties quickly, easily, and effectively, the state administration council has been reformed as the caretaker government,” a newsreader on state TV said.

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