Myanmar’s navy on Saturday vowed to abide by the nation’s Structure, in an obvious backtracking after its commander-in-chief spurred fears of a coup when he recommended the junta-scripted constitution might be repealed.
The highly effective Military has for weeks alleged widespread irregularities in November’s election, gained in a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD).
Tensions ramped up on Tuesday when a navy spokesman refused to rule out the potential for a coup.
A day later, Military chief Common Min Aung Hlaing — arguably probably the most highly effective particular person in Myanmar — stated revoking the 2008 Structure might be “obligatory” underneath sure circumstances.
His feedback — translated into English and revealed in Military-run Myawady newspaper — despatched shockwaves by means of the nascent democracy, solely a decade out of the grips of a 49-year navy junta.
On Saturday, the Military launched a press release claiming its commander-in-chief had been misunderstood, although the assertion didn’t instantly handle fears of an imminent coup.
“Different organisations and media misinterpreted the commander-in-chief’s speech and framed it from their standpoint,” stated the assertion.
“Tatmadaw is abiding by the present Structure… and can carry out throughout the regulation by defending it,” it added, referring to the Military by its official Burmese title.
The final time the nation noticed its Structure revoked was in 1988, when the navy reinstated a junta after a well-liked rebellion.
The Common’s feedback on the Structure drew alarm from greater than a dozen overseas missions and the UN, whereas smaller political events referred to as for a decision between Ms. Suu Kyi and the navy.
Voter fraud fees
The nation’s highest Buddhist authority even stepped in, with the senior monks of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka issuing a press release late on Friday calling for negotiations to prevail “as an alternative of heated arguments”.
The navy is alleging 10 million circumstances of voter fraud in November’s polls, and is demanding the Election Fee launch the electoral roll for cross-checking.
The Election Fee has denied fraud, although it has conceded that there have been “flaws” within the lists of voters.