The United Nations on Tuesday ( February 2) Condmede the decision of the Myanmar military to detain the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other political leaders on the eve of the opening session of Myanmar’s new Parliament.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric issued a statement which said the transfer of all legislative, executive and judicial powers to the military is a sign of concern for democracy in the country.
The detention of political leaders in Myanmar is a serious blow to democratic reforms in the country.
I urge the military leadership to respect the will of the people & adhere to democratic norms. https://t.co/vL4yYzYBkL
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) February 1, 2021
“The 8 November 2020 general elections provide a strong mandate to the National League for Democracy (NLD), reflecting the clear will of the people of Myanmar to continue on the hard-won path of democratic reform,” added Dujarric.
Read the complete statement: HERE
Several political leaders were detained as the military took charge of the country and declared a one-year emergency a power which is accorded to it by the 2008 Constitution of the country.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had won 138 seats out of 224 in the House of Nationalities(upper house), 258 seats out of 440 in the House of Representatives(lower house), and 501 seats out of 880 in the State and Regional Hluttaws in the general elections held on November 8, 2020.
Guterres also tweeted in support of the Myanmar people stating that the detention of political leaders is a serious blow to the democratic aspirations of the nation and urged the military to respect the people’s mandate.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is expected to meet on Tuesday (February 2) to discuss the latest situation in Myanmar and decide on the future course of action.