Myanmars military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, has once again pledged that elections will be held. He also promised to work with a special envoy from the Asian country organization Asean.
Min Aung Hlaing made the commitments in a television speech six months after the army regained full power. That military coup followed after elections won by the party of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She was then arrested and has since been stuck on suspicion of corruption.
According to military rulers, the elections at the time were fraudulent, and therefore the takeover of power was constitutional. The countrys electoral committee found that there was no fraud, which international observers confirmed.
After the coup, mass protests and strikes broke out in the country, which were hit hard. Thousands of people have been arrested, and according to a political prisoners organization, the army killed 939 people in the wake of the coup detat, a number disputed by the rulers, who point out that soldiers have also died.
response to the repression, citizens in Myanmar have created militias that regularly commit attacks. They exist alongside, or overlap with existing ethnic militias. The repression and the battles led to a major refugee flow.