Sweep follows army questioning of election outcomes with parliament as a result of sit this week.
Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi and different senior figures from the governing celebration have been detained in a collection of early morning raids, the spokesman for the governing National League for Democracy mentioned on Monday.
The move comes after days of escalating rigidity between the civilian authorities and the army that had stirred fears of a coup within the aftermath of a November election the military claims was fraudulent.
Spokesman Myo Nyunt advised Reuters information company that Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and different leaders had been “taken” within the early hours of the morning.
“I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” he mentioned.
Myo Nyunt later advised AFP information company that given the scenario, “we have to assume that the military is staging a coup.”
Myanmar’s Parliament, the place the army is given 1 / 4 of seats and in addition has a proxy celebration, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, was as a result of sit within the nation’s capital Naypyitaw from Monday.
“It does feel like this is the beginning of a military takeover,” Al Jazeera’s Ali Fowle advised Al Jazeera from Yangon, noting that politicians from states and areas, in addition to distinguished political activists had additionally been detained. State media was additionally reported to be off-air.
“Due to current communication difficulties we’d like to respectfully inform you that the regular programmes of MRTV and Myanmar Radio cannot be broadcast,” Myanmar Radio and Television mentioned on a submit on its Facebook web page.
The NLD received the November ballot by a landslide, however the army has been waging a months-long marketing campaign to discredit the result, regardless of no agency proof of wrongdoing.
Last week, the scenario escalated when army chief Min Aung Hlaing threatened to abolish the structure. Two days later, the army backtracked saying media had taken Min Aung Hlaing’s feedback out of context.
“The Tatmadaw will defend the 2008 Constitution and only act within the boundary of existing laws,” it mentioned on Saturday.
Across Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis and industrial capital, many individuals had begun flying the NLD’s crimson flag in solidarity with the governing celebration, whereas banners had additionally been erected within the streets declaring assist for the elected authorities.
“It’s at a critical juncture,” mentioned Damien Kingsbury, a Myanmar skilled at Deakin University in Australia. “It’s either the end of military involvement in Myanmar politics or it’s a coup. There’s no middle ground on this. This is crunch time.”
Myanmar, as soon as a British colony, was led by the army for many years earlier than it started a transition to democracy in 2008.