Myanmar’s junta plans election probe

YANGON, MYANMAR (AP) – Myanmar’s new leader said the military government installed after Monday’s coup plans an investigation into alleged fraud in last year’s elections and will also prioritise the COVID-19 outbreak and the economy, a state newspaper reported yesterday.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s top leader, announced the moves on Tuesday at a first meeting of the his new government in the capital, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported yesterday. The military had said one of its reasons for ousting the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi was because it failed to properly investigate its allegations of alleged widespread electoral irregularities.

The state Union Election Commission four days before the military takeover had declared there were no significant problems with the vote. The military has declared it will hold power under a state of emergency for a year, and then hold elections whose winner will take over government. In the November 2020 election, Suu Kyi’s party captured 396 out of 476 seats contested in the lower and upper houses of Parliament. The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, won only 33 seats.

File photo shows Aung San Suu Kyi with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (R) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. PHOTO: AP