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Myanmar - August 2023 Election

Myanmar's military pledged 30 January 2021 to protect the constitution and act according to law. On 31 January 2021 Myanmar's powerful military detained the country's leader in a late-night raid. Myanmar endured brutal, corrupt military rule and international pariah status from 1962. Military ruler Ne Win seized power in a coup in 1962 and drove Myanmar, then known as Burma, into virtual international isolation. Ne Win was sidelined in 1988 amid nationwide pro-democracy protests that were crushed by the military, which installed a junta. For the ensuing two decades, Myanmar faced tough international sanctions that took a heavy toll on its economy. In 2011 it began a transition to democratic rule. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, 64, has headed the military since 2011, and is under U.S. sanctions for his role in the 2017 military crackdown that drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh.

Myanmar's military said 04 February 2021 it will rerun a general election about six months after it lifts a yearlong state of emergency it has declared. Myanmar's state-run TV on Thursday reported the remark by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who took charge of the government following a military coup. The general was seen mentioning the election schedule during his talks with business leaders. The military had justified the coup by alleging fraud in last November's general election. Min Aung Hlaing's remark appears aimed at presenting him as a leader committed to promoting democracy.

Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing on 01 August 2021 again promised new multi-party elections and said his government is ready to work with any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Myanmar's junta chief said Sunday that elections would be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023, extending the military's initial timeline given when it deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago. The country has been in turmoil since the army ousted the civilian leader in February, launching a bloody crackdown on dissent that has killed more than 900 people according to a local monitoring group. A resurgent virus wave has also amplified havoc, with many hospitals empty of pro-democracy medical staff, and the World Bank has forecast the economy will contract by up to 18 percent.

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