Myanmar military clarifies the state of Military emergency has been imposed to go for a new public mandate. Myanmar military chief has clarified through Myanmar's military-controlled Television, Mevadi that the emergence is to declare the election time and date.
Myanmar went through general elections in November which was said to be rigged.
Democrat leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a two-thirds-majority.
The military-backed Suu Kyi's opposition party in the election. Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections.
The army has used election rigging as its main weapon to seize power on Monday morning.
The first session of the parliament session was to begin on Monday morning after the election. It was decided to elect the Prime Minister, Ministers and other elected representatives from the same convention. However, an hour before the start of the parliamentary session, the army detained President and Prime Minister Suu Kyi and detained other leaders.
The army also called a Security Council meeting in the morning. After this meeting, the decision to declare a state of emergency for one year was made public. Acting President U Mint Sway was also present at the meeting. After the detention of President U Win Mint, Sweeney was summoned by the military today to chair the meeting, giving him the role of acting president. At the time, the army claimed to have complied with the 2008 military law. He was appointed vice president of the NLD government.
The army has closed a government guest house in the capital, Napito. Internet and phone services are also down. The military, which has ruled Myanmar for five decades, launched a reform program 10 years ago amid mounting international pressure.
The army claims that around 10 million votes were cast in the November 8 general election. Which is considered 25 percent according to the voter list. Elections were held for 1,117 seats in Myanmar. In which 920 candidates of NLD had won the election. Elections to the upper and lower houses and local bodies were held.