Myanmar army seizes power in coup, detains Aung San Suu Kyi

A soldier stands guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar's parliament in Naypyidaw on Feb. 1, 2021.

Myanmar’s military seized control in a coup Monday, detaining the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her top deputies during early morning raids. Army-run TV said a state of emergency in the Southeast Asian nation was declared for one year. 

Why now?

The coup follows a disputed election in November that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won by a landslide. The main opposition party, the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, claimed the vote was marred by fraud. Myanmar's election commission rejected the allegations but tensions between the two sides had been rising for weeks. The military made its move hours before Myanmar's parliament had been due to sit for the first time since the National League for Democracy's win in the Nov. 8 general election. The vote was just the second democratic election in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since military rule ended in 2011.

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