Myanmar leader Suu Kyi detained by military: ruling party

Feb 01 , 2021. 20 minutes ago – 10:02 KYODO NEWS

Photo taken Nov. 2, 2019, shows Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi attending a leaders’ summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok. (Kyodo)

YANGON – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by the military along with other senior party officials, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy said Monday.

After the NLD won a November general election decisively, the military and the main opposition party backed by it disputed the results, stirring fears of a coup.

The country’s state broadcaster said the same day it has been unable to provide regular broadcasts on TV or radio, in what could be a sign that the military is disrupting airwaves.

Party spokesman Myo Nyunt said that among those detained was President Win Myint, adding he also expected to be detained soon.

Parliament was supposed to convene Monday for the first time since the Nov. 8 general election, in which Suu Kyi’s NLD won enough seats to retain power.

In the election, the NLD won 83 percent of the votes, capturing 396 of the 476 seats up for grabs. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party secured just 33 seats, down from slightly over 40 in the last election in 2015.

The military and opposition party went on to allege massive election fraud.

The parliament has a combined 664 seats in the upper and lower houses, with 25 percent of the total, or 166 seats, set aside for military appointees.

The NLD boycotted the 2010 election that ended decades of military rule, leaving a party led by a group of retired army generals to rule Myanmar from 2011 to 2016.

In the 2015 general election, the NLD won a landslide, bagging 390 of the 491 seats contested, bringing Suu Kyi and her party to power for the first time the following year.