The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that it is closely following the developments in Myanmar. In a statement released today, the Foreign Office said,” We hope that all parties involved will exercise restraint, uphold the rule of law, engage constructively, and work towards a peaceful outcome.”
Myanmar’s military seized power in a military coup early on Monday morning, detaining democratically elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi alongside other members of her party, National League for Democracy (NLD). The Myanmar army claims to have carried out the action in response to “election fraud.”
A state of emergency has been instated in Myanmar for a period of one year, according to a military-owned television channel, while power has been handed over to military chief Min Aung Hlaing.
The coup occured hours prior to the parliament’s first session since NLD’s November 8 election. Suu Kyi, Myanmar President Win Myint, and other NLD leaders were detained in the early hours of the morning.