WASHINGTON, 10 Feb – RIA Novosti. US President Joe Biden demanded that the military in Myanmar immediately release the detained politicians and activists and resign.
“Today, I call on the Burmese military to immediately release the democratic political leaders and activists … the military must return the power they seized and show respect for the will of the people of Burma, demonstrated in the November 8 elections,” Biden said at the White House.
On the morning of February 1, a few hours before the opening of the first session of the new parliament, elected in the November 8 general elections, the Myanmar military arrested government leaders, including the president and state adviser. Other members of the government were also arrested, as well as many MPs from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party and senior government officials who are members of or associated with the NLD. Earlier, the military accused the national electoral commission and the NLD of electoral fraud.
On the afternoon of February 1, the military pledged its commitment to a multi-party democratic system and pledged to hold elections after the end of the state of emergency, which was imposed across the country for a period of one year.
Most of the arrested NLD MPs and party officials were released on February 3-5, but the leaders of the NLD government, including the ousted President of Myanmar U Win Myint and the NLD leader, State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, remain under house arrest.
Massive street protests continue in Myanmar, demanding the military to return power to a democratically elected government, convene the first session of parliament elected in elections on November 8, 2020, and immediately release the arrested leaders.