Anger and confusion in Myanmar after coup | Daily News

Anger and confusion in Myanmar after coup

MYANMAR: The Myanmar military detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi early on Monday -- hours before a newly elected Parliament dominated by her NLD party was expected to take its seats for the first time since November polls.

By 8:30 am, a State of Emergency was announced and former General Myint Swe appointed acting president -- sinking the country back into direct military rule after barely a decade-long experiment with democracy.

There was panic-buying of food, military roadblocks in the capital Naypyidaw and a triumphant pro-army rally in Yangon in the hours after a coup in Myanmar.

A putsch had been expected for days, yet when it came it left Myanmar stunned -- with roads to its main international airport blocked and communications cut -- a country once more isolated from a world it only rejoined a decade ago. But aside from police, uniformed men were few and far between in the city, and no blood was shed.

The guns, tanks and helicopters were further north around Naypyidaw, where armoured vehicles blocked off major roads leading to parliament.

Suu Kyi’s party won over 80 percent of parliamentary seats available -- a seemingly unacceptable number to a military that still held key government posts, retained power over all defence and security decisions, and had 25 percent of seats ring-fenced for them. - AFP