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Myanmar Coup: World Leaders Demand Release of Detainees

Governments around the world are calling for a joint restoration of power in Myanmar after the military staged a coup and arrested civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians.

From USA to Singapore,the governments call for a return to civilian rule under a previously established power-sharing system with the army.

The US White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, ” the US will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed”.

She added that the US opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of the November elections, which handed Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) an overwhelming landslide victory but sparked allegations of vote irregularities by the routed military-backed party.

Newly appointed Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called on Myanmar’s military “to release all government officials and civil society leaders and respect the will of the people of Burma as expressed in democratic elections on November 8.”

Before the coup, Washington, alongside several other Western nations, had urged the military to “adhere to democratic norms” in a January 29 statement that came as the commander-in-chief threatened to revoke the country’s constitution.

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also condemned the coup imprisonment of Suu Kyi. Johnson tweeted “I condemn the coup and unlawful imprisonment of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar. The vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released.

Japan, China, Turkey, Australia, India, Singapore, Canada, EU and UN Also joined in condemning the Coup stating that these developments represent a serious blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar, while calling for the immediate release of all elected leaders and civilians who have reportedly been detained in the putsch.

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