US designates Myanmar military takeover a 'coup'

Washington on Tuesday formally designated Myanmar’s military ouster of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government as a coup, after the country’s army chief General Min Aung Hlaing described the takeover as “inevitable”. Myanmar’s powerful military on Monday detained Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy (NLD) party leaders in pre-dawn raids ahead of a scheduled resumption of parliament. General Min Aung Hlaing was given “legislative, judicial and executive powers”, effectively returning Myanmar to military rule after a 10-year experiment with democracy. In his first public comments since the puts…

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