The military, which supports the opposition party, claimed the election was fraudulent given the NLD’s popularity in November.The NLD won more than
The military, which supports the opposition party, claimed the election was fraudulent given the NLD’s popularity in November.
The NLD won more than 80 percent of the vote, despite facing allegations of genocide against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.
In 2017, the Myanmar army cracked down on Rohingya Muslims forcing hundreds of thousands to feel across the border into Bangladesh.
In January 2020, the UN’s top court ordered the Buddhist-majority country to take measures to protect members of its Rohingya community from genocide.
The army said it was fighting Rohingya militants and denied targeting civilians, with Ms Suu Kyi repeatedly denying allegations of genocide.
In the wake of the election, the military-backed opposition began to make accusations of fraud, however, the election commission rejected all allegations of vote fraud.
A statement broadcast on military-owned TV on Monday claimed voter lists were “found to have huge discrepancies and the Union Election Commission failed to settle this matter”.
The statement read: “Although the sovereignty of the nation must derive from the people, there was terrible fraud in the voter list during the democratic general election which runs contrary to ensuring a stable democracy.
“Unless this problem is resolved, it will obstruct the path to democracy and it must therefore be resolved according to the law.
“Therefore, the state of emergency is declared in accordance with article 417 of the 2008 constitution.”