Aung San Suu Kyi detained as army grabs power in Myanmar

In Myanmar, a military coup was put in place on 1st February 2021, after the country’s military detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi along with President Win Myint and other members of the ruling party. Myanmar military (also known as the Tatmadaw), took this step because they declared the November 2020 Myanmar general election results fraudulent, in which Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory in Parliamentary election 2020 to form next Government.

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The military has handed over the power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and declared a state of emergency for one year. Apart from this, former general Myint Swe would be acting president for the next year. The 2021 coup d’état is the third in Myanmar’s political history. The first two was held in 1962 and 1990.

Defining coup?

A coup (coup d’état) is the removal of an existing government from power, usually through violent means.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Myanmar Capital: Naypyitaw.
  • Myanmar Currency: Kyat.

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